CHAPMAN, FREDRIK HENRIK AF. Tractat om skepps-byggeriet, tillika med förklaring och bevis öfver Architectura navalis Mercatoria &c. Stockholm (J. Pfeiffer) 1775.
4to. (16), (1)-245, (3) pp. 1 engraved vignette, 16 folding engraved plates, 8 folding printed tables (all, a few tables with minor dampspots to outer margin).
Contemporary brown half leather, green speckled edges.
A pioneering treatise on shipbuilding.
Fredrik Henrik af Chapman (1721-1808) was born in Gothenburg of English immigrant parents, and studied ship-building for six years in England, Holland and France. He returned to Sweden in 1757, directed the shipyards in Karlskrona and Stockholm, was raised to Admiral of the Fleet, and was an active member of the Swedish Academy of Sciencw. He was the founder of modern Swedish shipbuilding, as strong in mathematical theory as in practical experimentation. Besides his famous "Architectura" he wrote a "Traité de la construction des vaisseaux" for Descriptions des arts et métiers (vol. 13) in 1779, reprinted in 1781. He had several important tracts in Swedish published in the Proceedings of the Swedish Academy of Sciences. (Lindberg, Swedish Books 1280-1967, printed 1968, p. 41).
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Binding worn and rubbed, faded spine with. Title with some spotting and some folds, text with some foxing.
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