By Sir William Willcocks
London   E and F N Spon
10" by 7.5" 225pp
The first edition of this work on the River Nile by irrigation expert and top engineer during the British occupation of Egypt, Sir William Willcocks. A work with fascinating provenance.
By Sir William Willcocks

1904 The Nile in 1904

London   E and F N Spon
10" by 7.5" 225pp
The first edition of this work on the River Nile by irrigation expert and top engineer during the British occupation of Egypt, Sir William Willcocks. A work with fascinating provenance.
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Folding Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding

Sir William Willcocks undertook major irrigation projects during his career and is best known for his design and building of the first Aswan Dam, a gravity masonry buttress on the Nile River. Nothing of this scale had been attempted let alone built before this, and at the time of completion it was the largest masonry dam in the world. It was also the first true storage reservoir on the river. From the library of Frederic Newhouse (1883-1969), sometime inspector-general of Egyptian irrigation in the Sudan. With his inscription to the recto of front endpaper. A comprehensive study of the River Nile by one of its experts at the time. Willcocks discusses the course of the Nile, its climate, geology and discharges in addition to the tributaries of the Nile and its uses. He discusses various projects on the Nile including his famed Aswan/Assuan dam, flood protection for Egypt and the development of the Sudan. A useful and interesting work of natural history, geology and engineering from an important figure in Egypt at that time.

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In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, generally smart. Patches of rubbing to the boards, joints and spine. Front hinge is strained but firm. Prior owner's inscriptions to the recto of front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned to edges and are clean.

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