GALTON, Sir Douglas [Strutt]

Observations on the Construction of Healthy Dwellings namely houses, hospitals, barracks, asylums, etc.

Oxford: at the Clarendon Press, 1880

8vo, pp. xi, 296, + 36 pages of adverts dated July 1880. Illustrations and plans in the text. Original olive-green cloth, black endpapers, uncut. Some very slight foxing on the first and last pages, otherwise a clean copy. Author’s complimentary card loosely inserted. Signature ‘Belper’ on front endpaper. A family copy: Galton’s father-in-law was the uncle of Edward Strutt, first Lord Belper.

FIRST EDITION. G&M 1621. “Perhaps Galton's most important work, however, was in the development of sanitary engineering. The Herbert Hospital at Woolwich was designed by him when he was at the War Office, and many improvements in barracks and hospitals were due to his initiative… Galton published several books on the role of sanitary engineering in the construction of hospitals and homes, as well as several reports on sewage and drainage. He was among the first and strongest supporters of the Parkes Museum and was chairman of its council from 1882 to 1888. He was also a member of the Sanitary Institute of Great Britain, and acted as chairman of its council from 1885 to 1887” (ODNB).


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