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Lectures on construction of machinery. [Course - Redtenbacher (Ferdinand Jacob) - 1861. 
-64 1861 - 2 vols. (for Contents of 2nd vol. see below), manuscripts in English in ink on paper, in a slightly crabbed, but legible hand, numerous diagrams and illustrations in the text, the first vol. with the addition of a vol. of plates, c. 200 leaves plus 140 plates; c. 500 leaves, 4to, contemporary leather backed boards, spines defective, the greater part of 1 of them loosely inserted in vol. ii, corners worn, withdrawn from the Dodge Library, Northeastern University, various stamps including on the edges. The identity of the Lectures on the construction of machinery is given by an old library index card, loosely inserted. The Redtenbacher lectures are succeeded by Tafeln zu Dr. Redtenbacher's Vortragen uber Maschinenbau in 13 nach dem Vortrag folgenden Lieferungen, 1862 (itself quite rare - 3 German locations in WorldCat only, Karlsruhe itself having it only in microform; 24 pages of text are also called for, not present here); the contents of the second vol. by the portion of the spine which is preserved, which identifies three lecturers, Reinhard Baumeister, Hermann Sternberg and Franz Keller. Redtenbacher is regarded as the founder of scientific mechanical engineering. Working at the Polytechnikum Karlsruhe, he added a mathematical foundation to the previously empirical teaching. His students include such outstanding engineers as Karl Benz, Franz Reuleaux and Emil koda: also the, presumably American, taker of these notes (the initials C.H. at the foot of the spine section possibly providing a clue). The lectures by Baumeister, Sternberg, and Keller cover such subjects as bridges, cofferdams, practical arched construction, the Mt. Cenis Tunnel, water works, and more. The process of tendering is also covered. Redtenbacher's published some 20 works, one of which achieved a French translation: none appeared in English.
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