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CRESY, Edward

An encyclopaedia of civil engineering, historical, theoretical, and practical.
London, Longman, Brown, Green etc., 1847

Cresy's Encyclopaedia remains the best survey of civil engineering world wide from ancient times up to the middle of the 19th century.

The work is divided into two sections of which the first, on history, covers developments in Phoenicia, Egypt, Greece, Holland, Germany, France and America with particularly substantial entries for Roman engineering and Great Britain.

The second section, "Theory and practice of engineering", deals with the myriad of individual subjects with which the Profession must concern itself. These range from the scientific (geology, geometry, mechanics, fluid mechanics, hydraulics to the practical (building in timber and masonry, lighting, heating and ventilation, steam, canals, railways).

Throughout, Cresy cites actual examples of structures or installations, either known to him personally (an account of the tackle used by the East London Water Works Co.) or taken from the most reliable sources, such as Belidor or Perronet. Cresy himself was an architect who "held strongly the view that architecture and engineering were a single profession" (Colvin) and was also a well-known sanitary engineer.

This is the first edition.


8vo. xii + 1655 + (1)pp, many wood-engraved ills. Contemporary marbled boards with new scarlet morocco spines and corners, front joint a little delicate. Bookplate of the Gibralter Garrison Library.



Catalogue No: 6375