New York: 1811. 288pp, half title, illus. 18 plates, most with some foxing. Text lightly tanned, first few leaves spotted. Modern marbled boards with cloth spine, printed paper label on upper spine. Good+ or so.
Pope's plan for a great "flying pendant lever bridge" over the Hudson is divided into four parts: a Historical Account; Mathematical Description of the flying pendant lever bridge invented by the author; General Remarks on the nature and strength of timber; Description of the author's patent chain bar arc for buildings. This is only the second American book on bridge building, the first having been Peale's Essay on Building Wooden Bridges .
Pope surveys the world's great bridges, and includes handsome engravings of the Hampton Court Bridge, Wearmouth Bridge, Bridge of the Louvre, as well as his proposed bridge over the Hudson. Pope's patented design became the basis for the cantilever bridge.
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