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Hiort, John William

A Practical Treatise on the Construction of Chimneys


Published: For the Author by Winchester and Varnham, London, 1826.

Containing an examination of the common mode in which they are built; with an accurate description of the newly-invented tunnel: demonstrating its utility and safety; its importance in superseding the painful practice of employing climbing-boys; the remedy which it affords for the nuisance of smoky flues; and the advantages to be derived from its rendering those lofty shafts, with their numerous unsightly contrivances at present in use, entirely unnecessary: together with complete instructions for its adoption, whereby a competent judgment may be formed of the causes which prevent the free ascent of smoke in chimneys, and workmen may be enabled to apply a cure for so serious an evil. Also tables and calculations, by which estimates of the expense can be framed. Illustrated with plates. BOUND WITH Supplement to Mr Hiort’s Treatise on the architectural construction of chimneys, containing hints to builders, relative to the proper diameter of flues, to be introduced in the various apartments of houses, and other matters interesting to persons who contemplate building or altering chimneys.

Period full sprinkled tan calf with double blind fillet to boards and spine bearing slightly raised bands enhanced with double gilt rule the second compartment with title stamped direct and the fifth with “Engineer’s Office”; brown sprinkled edges; Royal 8vo, 253x158 mms.

First Edition. A Wide-Margin Copy. With four large folding hand-coloured plates, two as frontispieces. Signed by the Author on the verso of the first title page.

Provenance: Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust, Engineers Office.

A near fine copy of this scarce work with only four copies purchased at auction in the last thirty years. [ABPC]

Includes the eight side supplement with separate pagination. Although few copies exist, those which do are signed by the author.

John William Hiort (1772-1861) originally trained as a miniaturist and engraver before entering the employ of C.A. Craig at the Office of Works. With the support of Sir William Chambers he became the Resident Clerk, and then the Chief Examining Clerk, in 1815. As a result of these important administrative roles, he actually designed few new buildings, but he was involved in designing several major public events including the funerals of Pitt and Nelson, and the coronation of George IV, in 1820.

Dimensions (height / length / width )

25.2cm / 1.2cm / 16cm

19th Century First Edition Brown Leatherbound Individual Volume

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