Title: A Hand-book for Mapping, Engineering, and Architectural Drawing, 1846
Author: Benjamin P Wilme
Publisher: London, John Weale
A first edition of Wilme’s Hand-book for Mapping, Engineering, and Architectural Drawing in which maps of all descriptions are analyzed, and their several uses fully explained ; intended for the use of civil engineers, architects, and surveyors, also for naval and military academies, engineering schools and colleges, and draughtsmen.
Of Wilme himself, he was an Irish civil engineer who settled in London and published this richly illustrated part-work, which would later receive a glowing and lengthy review in ‘The Magazine of Science’.
There are numerous plates of various designs and images, with several folding and others hand colored, with in text illustrations as well.
One volume in quarto, (XIV)+III-VIII+69+(IX) + an additional zincograph title page + folding hand-colored frontispiece, 39 plates.
On note of condition, this volume is in fair shape, with rubbing and wear to the boards, with the back joint starting to detach from the top, and joint stress in general. Many of the folding plates are heavily worn and torn in some spots. The plates of German Text and Old English Alphabets are lacking. There is foxing and staining throughout.