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ROYAL ENGINEERS.. Building Designs. [Title taken from the spine].3752

 Folio (375 x 275 mm), 45 consecutively numbered lithographed plates, subjects include: tools, excavations, brickwork, flues, masonry, joints, doors, stairs, plumbing, etc., cont. calf, rubbed. The Corps of Royal Engineers, better known as the Royal Engineers (RE) or the Sappers, is part of the British Army. It provides military engineering and technical support to British armed forces around the world. Although the RE trace their history back to the military engineers who came to England with William the Conqueror in 1066, the origins of the modern RE date to the creation of a corps of engineers for the British army in 1716. Since then – and among many other projects – the RE has designed and built dams and reservoirs in British colonial India, the Rideau canal in Canada and naval and civilian ports in the UK. British military engineers have also been involved in many civilian projects. These include the construction of Pentonville prison in London in 1842 and world famous concert venue the Royal Albert Hall in 1871. Other well-known schemes include RE's construction of a naval dockyard at Richborough, near Sandwich in Kent. The port was used to supply British forces fighting in Europe in both World War 1 and World War 2. Having seen service in most of the conflicts British forces have been involved in, the modern Corps of Royal Engineers is now divided into several regiments. It's based in locations in the UK and around the world.—Institute of Civil Engineers website. Provenance: Ownership signature to front free endpaper, "Sergeant W. King, Royal Engineers, Training School, Rouen, 1918-1919."

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