An Answer to the Joint Committee of the Select and Common Councils of Philadelphia, on the Subject of a Plan for Supplying the City with Water, &c. [caption title]. Engineering, Benjamin Latrobe, Urban Planning.

An Answer to the Joint Committee of the Select and Common Councils of Philadelphia, on the Subject of a Plan for Supplying the City with Water, &c. [caption title].

(Philadelphia: n. p., 1799). First edition. Unbound pamphlet, 9 x 6 inches, 7, [1] pages, untrimmed, Some light foxing and dust soiling; in very good condition. Item #19006

A proposal in two sections (each signed in type at the foot with Latrobe’s name and dated March 2, 1799), a fairly early American project from the architect and important scheme to pump Philadelphia’s water supply using steam power: “Latrobe’s most important American engineering project was probably his waterworks for Philadelphia, undertaken late in 1798 shortly after the city had experienced one of several yellow fever epidemics during the 1790s. Steam engines pumped Schuylkill River water through a mile-long tunnel to the Centre Square Engine House, from which it was pumped throughout the city by additional steam engines” (ANB). Evans 36086; Rink 2732.

Price: $450.00