An Account of the Construction of the Britannia and Conway Tubular Bridges, FAIRBAIRN William [Sir] 1789-1874 Publisher: John Weale, and Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, Publish Year: 1849 Publish Place: London: No 59 High Holborn, and Paternoster Row. Illustrator: HUXLEY George. LOWRY JW. Category: Miscellaneous, Foreign Travel, Antiquarian Book, History, Reference Book No: 006872 Status: For Sale Book Condition: Very Good Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Jacket Condition: Binding: Hardcover Book Type: Unknown Edition: First Edition Inscription: Unknown £350.00 Add to Basket Ask a question Refer to a friend Additional information VG, 1st ed, 1849, 20 pls, complete. In contemporary black quarter morocco over purple cloth, corners rubbed, edges faded. Re-spined, old laid down, gilt tooling & titles. Internally, frontis, , (vi-xii), , 2-291 pp, , 20 pls (including frontis with 19 folding), 74 illustrations within text, yellow end papers, some professional paper repairs to pl tears, printed by R. and J.E. Taylor. (246*150 mm). (Alibone 571). Title continues: With a complete history of their progress, from the conception of the original idea, to the conclusion of the elaborate experiments which determined the exact form and mode of construction ultimately adopted. Fairbairn was the greatest mill-builder and experimental engineer of the middle quarters of the nineteenth century, a major contributor to iron shipbuilding during the critical decade 1835-44, and to wrought-iron bridges during two of the most formative decades in bridge-building, 1845-64. He advanced understanding of material strengths and properties which he applied in the design of multi-storey iron-framed mills, wrought iron ships (where he made a significant contribution to understanding the response to changing forces on the hull) and bridges. Fairbairn built 1000 bridges and his major contribution was in the design, testing and manufacture of iron bridges made from long riveted tubular section girders. (Engineering Hall of Fame).