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NEW DOCKS ON THE SEINE.

NAVIER, Claude-Louis-Marie-Henri (1785–1836)

Projet pour l’établissement d’une gare à Choisy contenant l’exposé des travaux proposés ou entrepris jusqu’a présent à Paris pour mettre les bateaux à l’abri des débacles; dressé par l’ordre de M. de comte Molé ... suivi d’une notice descriptive du pont de choisy, ou sont indiqués les principaux procédés employés pour l’exécution de cet ouvrage

Paris: chez Firmin Didot, imprimeur-libriare, graveur de l’imprimerie impériale, rue Jacob, no. 24., 1811
4to, pp. iv 5–8, 1–68.
4 engraved plates: numbered Pl. 1–4; Pl. 1 unsigned; 2–4 signed ‘Dessiné par Navier. Gravé par Adam’, (all double page, 2–4 also folded, bound at the end).
Condition: 298 x 220mm. Very light dustsoiling and discolouration in the plate margins.
Binding: Contemporary crimson morocco backed boards, flat gilt spine, marbled endleaves. Board edges a little rubbed.
Provenance: P. Hendee, twentieth-century bookplate.
First (only) edition.
Bibliography: Roberts and Trent p. 233.
£2,000

A finely produced presentation of a project to build docks for river traffic on the Seine below Paris at Choisy (now Choisi-le-roi) with attractive large plates and maps. Navier’s timber bridge at Choisy of 1809, one of his first major constructions, is described in an appendix. This is a conventional bridge: Navier is now best known as the pioneer of suspension bridges. He published the first theoretical and practical treatise on suspension bridges in 1823 and constructed the first suspension bridge in France, across the Seine at the Invalides, in 1824.

OCLC locates copies in North America at Huntington (Burndy), Clinton-Macomb, Dartmouth, Princeton, Cornell and Vanderbilt.
Keywords:     civil engineering