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HUDDART, Sir Joseph

Memoir of the late Captain Joseph Huddart, F.R.S. &c.
London, W. Phillips, 1821

Throughout his life Huddart was involved with marine engineering in its widest sense, first as a naval officer with the East India Company, then as an Elder Brother of Trinity House and also as a civil engineer. However, he is best known for his outstanding series of machines for improving the manufacture of rope.

He was also involved in the erection of several lighthouses, notably Longships and South Stack, as well as in many harbour improvements and fen drainage projects, working in close conjunction with such great contemporaries as John Rennie and Robert Mylne.

The present biography, by Huddart’s son, is a useful source of information on this engineer. It also contains two scientific papers he read to the Royal Society on colour blindness and on mirages.


4to. vii + (i) + 102pp, litho portrait frontis., 1 folding engraved plate. Orig. boards, neatly rebacked and with old label laid down. Lacking FFE. Presentation inscription from the author to Captain George Gooch. The copy also carries a second ownership inscription of Goldsworthy Gurney, Cornish inventor, who discovered limelight as well as designing a steam carriage.



Catalogue No: 5878