New York: D. Van Nostrand, Publisher, 1869. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Item #27553
Built for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, this is the first major bridge constructed by this noted bridge engineer. The bridge was built of iron resting on stone piers with a pivot draw to allow river traffic to pass. Seven 10-panel Warren deck trusses and one 12-panel polygonal Warren through truss. It opened to traffic November 9, 1868. 71 pages with formulas, calculations and tables, plus twenty-one fold-out plates with map and bridge diagrams, plus forty pages of publisher's ads in the rear. Bound in original dark brown pebbled cloth with lettering stamped in gilt and border stamped in blind. Spine professionally rebacked. Ex-library with bookplate on the front paste-down endpaper, small date stamp on the title page, and call number on the copyright page. No other library markings or pockets were ever present. Light wear at corners. A very good copy.