Boston: Hilliard, Gray, and Company, 1837. viii,232pp. plus six folding engraved plates. Original half cloth and paper boards, paper spine label. Spine ends and label chipped, boards moderately scuffed and worn. Scattered foxing. Early bookseller's bookplate and bookplate of the Library of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A good copy. Item #WRCAM35789
Third American edition; first published in Paris, 1809; first American edition published 1827. The question of English versus French influence in early 19th-century technology in America is one of some importance. French texts came to be preferred because of their emphasis on first principles and their compatibility with the empirical methods used in America. Text books used at our early institutions for technical education are of much help to the historian. Sganzin was used at West Point from 1823. HITCHCOCK 1142. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 30576. RINK 2358.