Athens, Ga.: Christy & Kelsea, 1853. ,134pp. including errata leaf following titlepage plus two folding plates. Contemporary half calf over paper-covered boards. Boards worn with some loss of paper. Near-contemporary and later pencil inscriptions (including ownership signatures) on pastedowns, endpapers, titlepage and verso, and occasionally in margins of text. Light age-toning, dampstaining, and foxing. A good copy. A mid-19th-century civil engineering textbook specifically published for courses at the University of Georgia. The author, professor of mathematics and civil engineering at the university, focuses especially on roads, canals, and the improvement of rivers. McKay emphasizes the importance of these specific areas, noting: "This subject claims your interest and attention, because of the utility of good roads...because of the magnitude and importance of these internal improvements in our own and other countries...because most of our state governments are interested in these improvements...This subject is well suited for college study, since it unites mental improvement with practical utility." In additions to the subjects mentioned above, four chapters are devoted to railroads and track construction. A fine example of the practical aspects of higher education in the United States in the mid-1800s. DE RENNE II, p.557 (no plates noted). OCLC 6255657 (2 leaves of plates). (Inventory #: WRCAM38286)
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