Profusely illustrated account of the greatest engineering achievement of the 19th century. Rare contemporary photos and engravings, accompanied by extensive, detailed captions, recall construction, human drama, politics, much more. 167 black-and-white illustrations.
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In this profusely illustrated account of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, historian Mary Shapiro has selected over 160 rare contemporary photos, prints and engravings that document each stage of construction. From the notebooks of John A. Roebling, the bridge's designer, to the fanfare of opening day, illustrations from public and private archives and 19th-century periodicals give a wonderful you-are-there flavor to the narrative. You witness each step of the mammoth project: building and sinking the caissons; erecting the great granite towers; spinning and wrapping the cables; laying the roadbed; constructing the giant anchorages; and much more.
Complementing the splendid visual documentation, Shapiro's extensive, detailed and well-researched text recounts a saga of human ingenuity and perseverance in the face of immense odds: fatal accidents (including one that took the life of John Roebling before construction had even begun), fire, fraud, delays, corruption and the persistent skepticism of those who claimed the entire structure would collapse in the first strong wind.
Mary Shapiro's history of the Brooklyn Bridge is not only a fitting tribute to the skill, daring and ingenuity of its builders, but a fascinating chronicle that will delight bridge enthusiasts, New Yorkers, engineers, historians, photographers, and any admirer of human accomplishment on a grand scale.
"A model of a picture history that rises to the demands of one of humankind's great creations. In short, I can't imagine a better book on the Brooklyn Bridge." - Elliot Willensky, co-author of the AIA Guide to New York City
"Shapiro offers a fascinating collection... In bringing together these pictures from many archival collections, the author has created a work of lasting value... Highly recommended." - Library Journal
"Shapiro's volume relies on brief texts and a large number of documentary photographs, prints, and drawings to tell the story of the bridge to the present day... The annotations accompanying the illustrations expertly chronicle the design challenges that the bridge involved and portray the more personal impact of the bridge on the city." - Booklist
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Descrizione libro Dover Publications, 1983. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110486244032
Descrizione libro Dover Publications, 1983. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0486244032
Descrizione libro Dover Publications, 1983. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0486244032
Descrizione libro Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0486244032 New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0254463