Latrobe, Benjamin Henry:|
AN ANSWER TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF THE SELECT AND COMMON COUNCILS OF PHILADELPHIA, ON THE SUBJECT OF A PLAN FOR SUPPLYING THE CITY WITH WATER, &C.
7, [1 blank] pp. Folded folio leaf, untrimmed and uncut, caption title [as issued]. Light scattered foxing, Very Good. The great architect and engineer's plan for America's first city water supply, "stimulated by the epidemic of yellow fever a few years before...Work was begun in March 1799, with Latrobe as engineer, under a contract which guaranteed successful operation." DAB. This pamphlet, dated 2 March 1799, explains in detail how Latrobe would do it, by cutting a canal from the Schuylkill River terminating at the end of Chestnut Street, using pumps operating by steam engines, to an elevated reservoir on Center Square. With an 'Account of Steam Engines' at pages 5-7. FIRST EDITION. Evans 36086. Rink 2732 . NAIP w006138 . Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Larned.
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