BANKS, John.

A Treatise on Mills, in four parts. Part first, on circular motion. Part second, on the maximum of moving bodies, machines, engines, &c. Part third, on the velocity of effluent water. Part fourth, experiments on circular motion, water wheels, &c. Second edition.

London: Printed for Longman,... .1815

8vo, pp. vii, 172, (4), 3 folding engraved plates. Original brown paper-covered boards, uncut, John Weale’s adverts inserted on rear endpapers. Ink stain on front endpapers and library stamp in upper corner of title, but a fine copy.

Second edition, with the same number of pages as the first, which appeared in 1795. This book was based on Banks’s lectures, which he delivered in Manchester and the north of England for twenty years. “The book did not attempt to teach the mechanic how to perform the detailed engineering work, but examined the general principles of mechanics and hydrostatics... The Treatise on mills...did much to inform those who could ‘execute better than they can design’ by discussing engineering problems in a realistic manner” (Musson & Robinson, Science and technology in the Industrial Revolution, pp. 107–109).


In stock

Unsure of some of these terms? Click here to download a copy of Carter & Barker, ABC for Book Collectors (2006), which has full explanations.