Publisher Information: Hanover: 1780. Hogrewe, J. L. Beschreibung der in England seit 1759 angelegten, und jetzt grosstenteils vollendeten schiffbaren Kanale, zur inneren Gemeinschaft der vornehmsten Handelsstadte. . . . 4to. , iv, , 164pp. 10 folding engraved plates. Hannover: M. Pockwitz, 1780. 238 x 198 mm. Original boards, later marbled paper spine, worn. One or two minor stains, otherwise a very good copy. Ownership inscription and library stamps on title and front free endpaper; bookplate of the Bibliothecae Comitatus Simighiensis. Book Id: 7384
First Edition of the first history of English canals. Hogrewe, an engineer and cartographer in the Hanoverian army, made two journeys to England, about ten years before the work appeared, at the behest of the Elector of Hanover, George III of England. He saw virtually every major canal, including the Bridgewater, Trent & Mersey, Leeds & Liverpool, Oxford, Staffordshire & Worcestershire, and Coventry as well as the Thames navigation. The book was compiled from the notes he made and describes locks (the Bingley five rise), aqueducts (Barton), weirs (Brindley's circular weirs on the Staffs & Worcs), feeders (the terminal basin on the Bridgewater at Castlefields, tunnels (at Fenny Compton), sluices (on the Witham at Boston) etc, all charmingly illustrated from his drawings. In order to broaden the scope of the work, Hogrewe included a survey of canals in Europe, China, Russia and the ancient world drawn from several authorities, notably Belidor.