The second edition of Wyld's Practical Surveyor
By WYLD, Samuel , 1725

The Practical Surveyor or, the art of land-measuring made easy.

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  • Author: WYLD, Samuel
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: H. Lintot, at the Cross-Keys against St. Duncan's Church in Fleet Street
  • Publication date: 1730
  • Physical description: Octavo (200 by 120 mm), 8 preliminary pages including title page, a note to the reader and contents, pp. 188, one folding woodcut illustrations on title page and p. 135, 3 tables at the end, manuscript annotations and ink ownership inscription to free endpapers, library stamp to front pastedown, contemporary calf, spine in six compartments separated by raised bands, red morocco label with gilt lettering.
  • Inventory reference: 15260


Second edition of Samuel Wyld’s popular tract on land surveying.

In his preface Wyld defends the necessity of work’s publication, stating that he (the pigmy) is merely standing on the shoulders of giants, in order to see that little bit further. The work is split into seven chapters: the first two deal with surveying instruments, such as the plane table, the theodolite,and the circumferentor, with the first useful for gardens, the second for large tracts of enclosed land, and the last for parkland and large estates; the third chapter deals with the use of the compass in surveying;, and chapter five with the theodolite; then follows how to measure a field with just the chain and the cross staff; the sixth with the laying out and dividing of land; and the seventh with how to survey a county, and plot a town plan.

The work with its simplified and plain language was evidnetly a hit with the general public, and it would go through seven editions over the next 55 years.


1. Anthony Methwin.
2. Rothamsted Collection.

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