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GENNETÉ, Claude Léopold.

Nouvelle construction de cheminées,

qui garantit du feu, et de la fumée à l'épreuve des vents, du soleil, de la pluie, et des autres causes qui font fumer les cheminées ordinaires. Avec le jugement de l'Académie Royale des Sciences de Paris sur cette nouvelle construction.

Liège: F. J. Desoer, 1760 Stock Code: 113696
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Second edition, preceded by the rare Paris edition of 1759. An important work on chimneys and their ventilation: "the latest technology on making chimneys draw properly and preventing smoke in rooms" (Deborah Howard, William Adam, Architectural Society of Scotland, 1990; who also notes that James Adam acquired a copy in Belgium "at the start of his own Grand Tour"). The plates show elevations, sections, plans and details of chimneys, chimney-cowls and fittings for chimneys and flues. Genneté (1706-1782) was very thorough in his research, even visiting the collieries in the vicinity of Liège. He wrote widely on other technological subjects, perhaps his most important contribution to social life being Purification de l'air croupissant dans les hopitaux, les prisons, et les vaisseaux de mer (Nancy: Leclerc, 1767).

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Small octavo (172 x 98 mm). Contemporary catspaw sheep sometime sympathetically restored at foot with imitation panel, spine gilt tooled with floriate motifs, red morocco label, all edges red, attractive Italian floral endpapers.


13 folding copperplates (complete).


Contemporary armorial bookplate of the marchese di Salza (either Giovanni Domenico Berio d. 1791 or Francesco Maria Berio 1765-1820) and that of William Ward (1750-1823), 3rd viscount Dudley and Ward (on rear pastedown); neat small Selbourne Library stamp on title verso and margins of a few leaves (Hugh Selbourne, doctor and bibliophile. A little wear to extremities, some light browning otherwise a very good copy, with the terminal advertisement leaf.


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