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Premiere Rapport. pour remplacer la machine - PRONY R - 1802. [1276610]
1802 - PRONY, R [Gaspard Clair Riche de]. Premier Rapport sur les Projets Présentés en l'an 3, au Comité des Domaines et Aliénations, pour Remplacer la Machine de Marly. Paris: Marguerite Chollet, [1802]. Quarto, modern half red morocco gilt. $3000.1802 edition of Prony's Rapport on the "˜Machine' of Marly"""considered a wonder of the world at the time"""constructed to pump water from the Seine to Versailles and inaugurated in 1684 with Louis XIV in attendance, a rare presentation copy inscribed in French on the title page, "Donné par l'Auteur," followed by the author's initials, with three large engraved folding plates."The "˜machine' of Marly was a civil engineering marvel located at the bottom of the hill of Louveciennes, on the banks of the Seine about 12 kms from Paris. Louis XIV had it constructed to pump water from the river to his chateaux of Versailles and Marly. The construction lasted 7 years and was inaugurated in the presence of the King in June 1684. It was considered a wonder of the world at the time, and may have been the largest system of integrated machinery ever assembled to that date". The original Louis XIV Machine included not just an enormous structure on the river itself, but sprawled 600 meters all the way up the hill, comprising pumping stations, holding tanks, reservoirs, pipes and an intricate system of mechanical linkages to power pumps on the hill from the waterwheels below". Pumping at full capacity, it could add over a million gallons in 24 hours to the Marly reservoirs. Nothing of the original Machine system has survived except for the Aqueduct" (Dunlop, Louis XIV and the Creation of Versailles). This work contains papers on the water-pump at Marly, which supplied water to the castle of Marly, as well as the fountains of Versailles. The various "˜machines' discussed are those of Lagiasse, Campmas, Bralled and White. Preceded by the 1794 first edition. Text in French: containing hydromechanic calulations. With three engraved folding plates silked, at rear: containing diagrams of three of the machines at Marly. A fine copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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