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BY A. NESBIT,
Master of the Classical, Commercial, and Mathematical Academy,
oxEORD-STREET, MANCHESTER ;
And Author of “A Complete Treatise on Practical Land Surveying;” “A
Treatise on Practical Gauging,” “Keys to the Mensuration and Gauging;”
“An introduction to Parsing, adapted to Murray's Grammar;” &c. &c.
THIRD EDITION, CORRECTED AND IMPROVED.

The whole illustrated by five hundred and eighty Practical Examples, two hundred
Wood Cuts, three Copperplates, and an Engraven Field-Book.

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VARious have been the conjectures concerning the origin of Geometry or Mensuration; but as it is a

little doubt that its existence is nearly coeval with the
creation of Man. Indeed I can see no reasonable ob-
jection why we may not attribute its invention to our
first parent Adam ; especially as we are informed in
Holy Writ, that his son Cain built a city; to do which,
it is evident, would require some knowledge of a mea-
suring unit, which is the first principle of Mensuration.
By the same infallible testimony, we find that the Arts
and Sciences were cultivated to a considerable extent
long before the Flood. Jubal was the father of all such
as handled the harp and organ; and Tubal-cain, an ill-
structor of every artificer in brass and iron. It is also
more than probable that Noah was well acquainted
with the Art of Mensuration, as practised in his day;
for it does not appear that he found any difficulty in
building the Ark, which consisted of three stories, ac-
cording to certain dimensions given him by the Lord
of the Universe.
Diodorus, Herodotus, and Strabo, are of opinion
that the Science of Mensuration had its rise among the
Egyptians; whom they represent as constrained, on
account of the removal or defacing of the land-marks
by the annual inundation of the Nile, to devise some
method of ascertaining the ancient boundaries, after
the waters had retired. By Josephus, however, the
invention is ascribed to the Hebrews. This writer

Science of general utility, there can, I think, be

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