The fourth edition of Wyld’s Practical Surveyor

By WYLD, Samuel, 1725 
£300
£180

The Practical Surveyor or, the art of land-measuring made easy.

Natural History, Science & Medicine
  • Author: WYLD, Samuel
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Johnston, in Ludgate-Street
  • Publication date: 1760.
  • Physical description: Octavo (200 by 120 mm), four preliminary leaves including title page, a note to the reader and contents, [1]-191pp, [4]pp with tables, two folding woodcut illustrations, ink ownership inscription to free endpaper, library stamp to front pastedown, contemporary calf, gilt fillet border, spine in six compartments separated by raised bands.
  • Dimensions: 200 by 125mm. (7.75 by 5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 15259

Notes

Fourth edition of Samuel Wyld’s popular tract on land surveying.

In his preface Wyld defends the necessity of work’s publication, stating that he (the pigmy) is merely standing on the shoulders of giants, in order to see that little bit further. The work is split into seven chapters: the first two deal with surveying instruments, such as the plane table, the theodolite,and the circumferentor, with the first useful for gardens, the second for large tracts of enclosed land, and the last for parkland and large estates; the third chapter deals with the use of the compass in surveying;, and chapter five with the theodolite; then follows how to measure a field with just the chain and the cross staff; the sixth with the laying out and dividing of land; and the seventh with how to survey a county, and plot a town plan.

The work with its simplified and plain language was evidnetly a hit with the general public, and it would go through seven editions over the next 55 years. 

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