Record number 03/2488
Author Belidor, Bernard Forest de, 1697? - 1761
TitleArchitecture Hydraulique, Ou L'Art De Conduire, D'Elever, Et De Menager Les Eaux Pour Les Differens Besoins De La Vie. Premiere Partie. Tome Premier. ( - Seconde Partie ... Tome Second.) Par M. Belidor, Commissaire Provincial d'Artillerie, Professeur Royal des Mathématiques, aux Ecoles du même Corps, Membre des Académies Royales des Sciences d'Angleterre & de Prusse, Correspondant de celle de Paris.
ImprintA Paris, Rue S. Jacques: Chez Charles-Antoine-Jombert, Libraire de l'Artillerie, & du Génie, à l'Image Notre-Dame., M. DCC. XXXVII. (-M.DCC.LIII.) Avec Approbation Et Privilege Du Roy.
Physical Description4 vols.; 280 mm. (Quarto).
Physical Description NoteVol. I: [viii], xi, [v], 412 p., front., 44 pl. (fold.) - Vol. II: [viii], 423, [1], xxviii p., 55 pl. (fold.). - Vol. III: [vi], xiv, [ii], 412, [32] p., 60 pl. (fold.). - Vol. IV: viii, 480, [xl] p., frontis., 60 pl. (fold.).
Content Format NoteEach volume includes a list of contents. Volume III contains an 'Avertissement Du Libraire', and Volume IV a 'Catalogue Des Ouvrages De M. Belidor'.
Summary NoteThe four volumes were published in 1737, 1739, 1750 and 1753. In the second volume the publisher's address is printed as Quay Des Augustins; in the third and fourth it is Rue Dauphine.

The work includes a lengthy description of the pumping installation at Marly (1681-5), which supplied water to the fountains at Versailles.
Responsibility NoteThe numbered plates are not signed. The frontispieces of Volumes I and IV are both signed as designed and engraved by Rigaud.

The title-page vignettes of Volumes II and IV are signed as designed and engraved by Soubeyran; that of Volume III, as designed by N. Cochin filius and engraved by Flipart. The headpiece of the dedication in Volume I is signed as designed and engraved by Rigaud; that in Volume III as made by A. Aveline. The headpieces of the text in Volumes I and II are signed as designed and engraved by Rigaud; thos of Volumes III and IV as engraved by Chedel.

The printer is named in the colophon of Volume III: 'De l'Imprimerie de J. Chardon'.

The first part (the first two volumes) is dedicated by the author to 'Messieurs De L'Académie Royale Des Sciences' (now part of the Institut de France); the second part (the third and fourth volumes) is dedicated by him to the Comte D'Argenson.
SubjectHydraulics - Civil engineering - France - History - 18th century
Treatises - France - 18th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century
ReferencesB. Marrey, Ecrits d'ingénieurs (1997); A. Picon, Architectes et ingénieurs au siècle des lumières (1988; English tr. by M. Thom 1992); Ted Ruddock, Arch bridges and their builders, 1735-1835 (1979), chap. 4.
Binding Note18th-century sprinkled calf; rebacked in 20th century, with gilt-decorated spines and black morocco spine-labels lettered 'Architecture Hydraulique Tom I (-IV)'.
ProvenanceRecorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.
Variant TitleArt de conduire, d'elever, et de menager les eaux
Contributors Jombert, Charles-Antoine, 1712 - 1784, publisher
Rigaud, Jacques, 1681 - 1754, draughtsman, engraver
Soubeyran, Pierre, 1709 - 1775, draughtsman, engraver
Cochin, Charles-Nicolas, the elder, 1688 - 1754, draughtsman
Flipart, Jean-Charles, ca. 1683 - 1751, engraver
Aveline, Francois Antoine, 1727 - 1780
Chedel, Pierre Quentin, 1705 - 1763, engraver
Chardon, Jacques, 1688 - 1766, printer
Argenson, Marc Pierre de Voyer de Paulmy, comte d', 1696 - 1764, dedicatee
France. Institut de France. dedicatee
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