An Universal System of Water and Water-works: Philosophical and Practical. In Four Books. Faithfully Digested, from the Most Approv'd Writers on this Subject, by Stephen Switzer. Containing I. An Historical Account of the Chief Water-Works that Were and are Remarkable in Ancient and Modern Times ; More Particularly the Roman Aqueducts, &c. and the Honour They Have Contributed to the Respective Places where They Have Been Used. II. The Different Hypotheses which Have Been Laid Down Concerning the Original and Rise of Springs ; of the Good and Bad Properties of Water ; the Best Manner of Discovering and Searching for Springs ; and the Taking of True Levels, in Order for the Conducting Water to Its Several Intended Uses. III. Hydrostatical Experiments (relating to the Motion of Water) Selected from the Most-Celebrated Foreign and English Authors, More Particularly Boyle, Hooke, Wallis, Lowthorpe, &c. Also the Full Description and Uses of Mechanical Engines for the Forcing Water to Great Heights, and Applying the Same to the Watering Gentlemens Seats and Gardens, in a Better Manner Than Any Hitherto Extant. IV. Some Curious Disquisitions Concerning the Vacuum of the Ancients ; the Gravitation of Fluids ; the Elasticity, Dilatation, and Compression of Air ; the Best Methods of Conveying Water, and for Making Reservoirs, Basons, Cascades, Cataracts, Rural Grotesque Canals, Fountains, and All Kinds of Ornamental Water-Works. V.A Collection of Desions for this Purpose from the Most Eminent Masters, Finely Engraven on Sixty Copper-Plates. In Two Volumes

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Thomas Cox, at the Lamb, under the Royal Exchange, 1734 - Hydrostatics
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