London: John Weale, 1853. Fourth edition, revised. Quarto (29cm). Modern brown cloth; modern endpapers; xxiv,334pp; frontispiece portrait, 53 engraved plates, and in-text wood engravings. Ownership stamp of Walter T. Bickford, Plymouth, to title page. Rebound, straight and sound, complete with minor foxing, dustsoil to plate edges, tidy loss to fore-edge of pl. 32, else Very Good.
Thomas Tredgold (1788-1829) was a self-taught engineer, and prolific author of technical works on cast iron, carpentry, and steam engines. This book, first published in 1820, was one of his most important, addressing the use of timber in "floors, roofs, bridges, and other structures" and including early, data-driven research on resistance. It became one of the "standard textbooks of English engineers," and revised editions stayed in print until 1919 (ODNB).