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WATT, John
The River Clyde.
James Watt,, Edinburgh, 1759. Watt's rare plan of the River Clyde Engraved map. An extremely rare map of the River Clyde with an interesting family history. During 1750s, the Glaswegian authorities were engaged in a series of abortive attempts to improve the navigability of the river Clyde. Port Glasgow, which had been developed as a key trading hub after the 1707 Act of Union, was facing increasingly dangerous levels of silt deposit, as well as mounting competition from the nearby port of Greenock. Following a range of fruitless schemes, civil engineer John Smeaton proposed plans for a lock system that would enable larger ships to pass through the waters of the Clyde. Smeaton's plan was met with opposition from other neighbouring towns, and so the magistrates of Glasgow ordered a further survey in 1758. Alexander Wilson, from the observatory at Glasgow University, headed up this project, and employed as his assistant James Watt, a young mathematical instrument maker at the university. The survey resulted in a single manuscript map of the Clyde. The following year, construction work eventually began on the lock system, but again in 1762, the works were called off when it was discovered that the underlying silt would not be able to support the walls. The scheme had nonetheless attracted great public attention, and James Watt decided to capitalise on this general enthusiasm for the Clyde. James was the nephew of respected mathematician and teacher, John Watt. Between 1732 and 1734, John had surveyed the lands around Glasgow and the west coast of Scotland, and among the maps h … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Daniel Crouch Rare Books LLP [London, United Kingdom]
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