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61 Robert Fulton 1765-1814
A Treatise on the Improvement of Canal Navigation
London, I. and J. Taylor, 1796
Twenty-six of Fulton's original drawings used by the engraver to illustrate the published text are bound in this unique copy of the inventor's work on canal navigation. Fulton went to London in 1787 to further his career as a painter, but by 1794 he was totally involved in projects to further the useful arts, particularly the development of the canal system. In the Treatise, one of his more important books, the inventor favored a complete network of small canals throughout the countryside and was opposed to locks, proposing instead his double incline plane system for raising and lowering canal boats, for which he had received a patent in 1794. Many other practical considerations in canal building are dealt with, including the building of aqueducts, boats, cast iron railroads, and wooden and iron bridges, as well as the saving of water, navigating, and the economic aspects of canals.
Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix

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