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POIREL, M. [LEOPOLD-VICTOR]. - Memoire sur les Travaux a la Mer, comprenant l'historique des ouvrages executes au Port d'Alger ...

Paris, Carilian-Goeury & Dalmont 1841. Two volumes quarto publisher's printed wrappers; I; text; xii,152pp, II; plates: [4]pp and 18 double page engraved plates. General foxing of the text, much less so of the plates; spines chipped and front wrappers detaching but a respectable pair in a modern cloth drop-back box. ¶ Poirel was the port engineer in Algiers and here describes the rebuilding of the harbour breakwaters which pioneered the use of cast concrete blocks made on site. With full and satisfying details of the project and the casting and placement of the blocks. Poirel is also known, and perhaps should be better known, for making possible Delacroix's admittance into a harem - commemorated in his 'Women of Algiers in their Apartment'.
AUD 750.00 [Appr.: EURO 481.75 US$ 567.85 | £UK 429.75 | JP¥ 63627] Book number 8152

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