A core work on 18th century ship-building, copy of Sir Carl Popper’s uncle Siegfried

Henri Louis DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU: Elémens de l'Architecture Navale ou Traité pratique de la construction des vaisseaux. 2nd, enlarged edition. With 25 copper engraved plates, of which 1 frontispiece and 24 folded plates by Nicolas Ozanne. Paris: 1758.

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Henri Louis DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU: Elémens de l'Architecture Navale ou Traité pratique de la construction des vaisseaux. 2nd, enlarged edition. With 25 copper engraved plates, of which 1 frontispiece and 24 folded plates by Nicolas Ozanne, as well as 11 engraved chapter vignettes and publisher’s device Paris: Jombert 1758.

Crown 4to (26:19,5 cm). [1 not num. leaf (frontispiece)], [not num. p. I-V (title etc.)], p. VI-XLIV, [not numb. p.], p. 1-49 [or I], p. II-XXIX (bound in between tables), [not num. p. XXX or 50], p. 52-484, plates I-XXIV. Fully polished contemporary calf over cardboard, thread-stitched on 5 raised bands, boarder panels with gilt stamped filets, spine with gilt stamped title printing and ornamenting in floral motifs, red cut on all sides and multicolour marbled end papers.

2nd edition of this core work on 18th century ship-building, actually the 1st comprehensive manual for junior naval constructors, enlarged by Duhamel, then Inspecteur Général of the French navy with chapter X concerning how to construct masts and sails. This copy belonged to and bears the signature (on title page) of Siegfried Popper (1848-1933), leading naval constructor of the Habsburg navy and uncle of philosopher Sir Karl Popper.

Corners and margins of binding in parts with small faults, bumped and worn, boards scratched, some plates with tears at margins, inside moderately foxy and time-stained, though with only decent traces of use including some pencil marginalia, otherwise well conserved copy with fresh engravings.

ÖBL, Bd. 8 (Lfg. 38, 1981), S. 205f.

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Weight 4 kg