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L'Art de composer des Pierres factices aussi dures que le Caillou, et Recherches sur la manière de bâtir des Anciens, sur la préparation, l'emploi et les causes du durcissement de leurs mortiers
32 folding or double-page engraved plates. 2 p.l., 298 pp. Large 4to, cont. marbled sheep (head of spine with one small defect), flat spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. Pont-a-Mousson: chez l'Auteur, 1807. First edition. Fleuret (ca. 1755-1817), "professor of architecture at the École Royale Militaire in Paris, took up with enthusiasm de La Faye's researches into ancient construction techniques and particularly the making of artificial stone or concrete. He went so far as to set up his own manufactory at Pont-a-Mousson, where he poured in and rammed the ingredients into moulds, considering La Faye's method of slaking lime by immersion as a crucial factor for the mortar. In his book he discusses his studies of historic buildings before going on to demonstrate some of his concrete products, which include pipes, pumps, ornamental basins, terraces, tiles and stuccoed panels, and mosaic pavements made with coloured mortars to imitate marble. He also shows the machinery used to make up the material. He seems to have had some success but also some major failures since he failed to realise the difference between ordinary and hydraulic limes. However, as a whole the work forms an interesting episode in the history of building construction."­Elton Engineering Books, Cat. 6, 211. Very fine and handsome copy. .
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