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Reports Correspondence and Original Papers [signed

Reports Correspondence and Original Papers [signed by SMITH, John Thomas [engineer] A Cotton; George Rennie; C E Faber; E Buckle; T T Pears - Walter Elliot of Wolfelee (1839)

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Author: SMITH, John Thomas [engineer] A Cotton; George Rennie; C E Faber; E Buckle; T T Pears - Walter Elliot of Wolfelee
Title: Reports Correspondence and Original Papers on Various Professional Subjects connected with the Duties of the Corps of Engineers, Madras Presidency, arranged and printed for private circulation
Year: 1839
Publisher: R W Thorpe at the Vepery Mission Press
Place: Madras, India
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £350
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pp 152; 15 lithographed plates. Presentation volume of Madras engineering papers, published in India and inscribed by their editor and majority author, John Thomas Smith, in the year of publication to his colleague in the city the Scottish naturalist (and secretary to the book's printed dedicatee Lord Ephinstone) 'Walter Elliot Esq.r With the Editor's kind regards Nov.r 2s 1839'. Bound in original black cloth over paper covered boards with most of a printed label to the upper cover, remnants of gilt lettering to spine. The binding is worn and scuffed with some loss and soiling but intact and entirely unsophisticated. A round Elliot family book label from Wolfelee house, Roxburgshire, appears on the front pastedown opposite Smith's presentation inscription. The paper is browned throughout with a little insect damage in a single trail at the top of the text block, about 3mmx7mm into the top edge and running through about half of the text. This is an elaborate piece of book making with small lithographed details tipped onto many pages and 15 full page lithographic plates illustrating the varied papers, several hand-coloured and folding, including the river sluice at the head of the Pulleiroo Channel. Smith was the most prolific contributor but there are also papers on the Madras breakwater, foxed lights for light-houses, the Combaconum bridge and a wall at Guntoor. Worldcat locates no instiitutional location for this first volume which was followed in 1846 by a similar collection which is much commoner. Later in his career Smith worked for the Madras Railway Company; Walter Elliot worked in the Indian Civil Service until 1860 - his cousin Lord Elphinstone with whom he worked as secretary is the book's dedicatee. Elliot published extensively and was a correspondent of Darwin.
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