SKETCH OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING OF NORTH AMERICA; COMPRISING REMARKS ON THE HARBOURS, RIVER AND LAKE NAVIGATION, LIGHTHOUSES, STEAM-NAVIGATION, WATER-WORKS, CANALS, ROADS, RAILWAYS, BRIDGES, AND OTHER WORKS IN THAT COUNTRY.

London: John Weale, 1838. [3]-320pp. 8pp. plus fourteen plates (four folding), folding engraved map, tables, and advertisements. Modern half calf and boards, leather label. Occasional light foxing. Upper foredge corner of first thirty leaves a bit chipped. Else a very good copy. Item #WRCAM20637

A classic compendium documenting the early stages of America's internal improvements, including bridges, canals, railways, harbors, steam power, etc. Brooke Hindle calls this the best of the early European works on American engineering, adding that the earliest American surveys of native civil engineering feats were not as elaborate or well executed as British works on American technology: "...a knowledgeable Scot, [Stevenson] presents a remarkably well-paced view of harbors, lake and river improvements, steamboats, building methods, canals, roads, bridges, railroads, waterworks, and lighthouses." THOMSON 2013. SABIN 91589. HOWES S976. Hindle, TECHNOLOGY IN EARLY AMERICA, pp.50-51.

Price: $750.00