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DRU, Léon & Saint-Just, & Louis-Georges Mulot.
[Patch label on front cover:] Matériels & Outils de Sondages pour les mines & les colonies (Materials and Survey Tools for Mines and Colonies).
Paris: Paulin Arrault Ingr. E.C.P., successeur; Bureaux & Ateliers de Construction, [c.1890]. Paris: Paulin Arrault Ingr. E.C.P., successeur; Bureaux & Ateliers de Construction,, [c.1890]. Folio (430 x 335 mm). Contemporary presentation binding of brown half morocco, gilt lettered spine, marbled sides, patch label to front board, marbled endpapers. 21 original albumen prints (largest 213 x 291 mm, smallest 150 x 212 mm, average in the range 160 x 215 mm) mounted on linen-hinged heavy card mounts, all fully captioned in manuscript, and each with the company wet-stamp for Léon Dru beneath. A few scrapes and light abrasions, corners through, some minor restoration to the spine, front free endpaper chipped at fore-edge, mounts lightly browned and with some marginal finger-soiling, some minor fading of a few of the prints themselves, but the great majority retain good tone and definition. A handsomely presented and apparently unique album of 21 striking original albumen prints showing test rigs and drilling machinery, largely for use in artesian exploration, assembled for one of the leading French engineering concerns of the period, Mulot & Dru, described by a contemporary as "acknowledged in France to be masters of the art of boring" (Louis Simonin, Underground Life or, Mines and Miners, 1869, p. 79). All prints are headed "Materiel Colonial". Four plates show "Appareil de Sondage" ("apparatus for sounding", i.e. test rigs) being put through their paces at what appears to be the premises of Dru & Mulot (these plates include details of drilling depths attainable for each rig) … [Click Below for Full Description]
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