London: The Society of Antiquaries, 1981. First edition. Perfect Bound. Small quarto, pp. 112, illustrated with b/w photographs and drawings. Very Good. Item #20786
The use of reinforcement in building has a very long history, attempting to resist stresses and strains cause by earthquakes, settling, and enemy attack. Three types of reinforcement are discussed in this book. Intramural timber reinforcement and foundation reinforcement were hidden in the walls or under the floors. The third, obvious to the casual eye, was the use of timber and iron reinforcement in the interior of buildings, for example tying together the haunches of arches in a nave arcade. The profuse illustrations and photographs help the reader to understand the construction details, and a detailed bibliography leads to other related research.