Geodaetes Practicus: or, the Art of Surveying
16.5cm x 10.5cm. [xvi], 325 pages, black and white illustrations, 2 plates (1 folding). Rebacked quarter brown leather, papered boards, gilt lettering.
The first edition of this practical land surveying handbook intended to be of use to architects, engineers, carpenters, bricklayers, and other craftsmen by English surveyor Vincent Wing (1619-1668). “..probably the first work on surveying to be written for use as a handbook” (Richeson, English Land Measuring to 1800, pg. 122) Provides a comprehensive manual of the principles and practice of land and quantity surveying, using some of Vincent Wing’s own commissions as case studies. “Surveyed and laid out in a more Accurate, Plain and Expeditious Plat, then hath hitherto been performed.” WING W2991. This copy with various owner names of the Chorley family, one Alexander Chorley dated 1773, also John and Sarah, as well as James McDonald, and with their marginalia throughout.
Rebacked without the final blank leaf (Y4). Boards rubbed and worn. Minor foxing and soiling. Short, some partial cropping of headlines and catchwords, loss to the last line of page 108 (verso of H6), and the extremities of a few of the tables: fore-edge of page 163, tail of pp. 311, 316-320, and to some of the marginalia. Folding plate worn at fore-edge and with a small closed tear to the fold repaired with paper tape on verso. A few minor (<2cm) closed tears to edges: fore-edge of A3, tail of C4 and C5. 2.5cm open tear to top corner of P8 with some loss text of page 223. Good Condition.
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