All Sorts of Wheel-Carriage, Improved. Wherein it is plainly made appear, that a much less than the usual Draught of Horses, &c. will be requir'd, in Waggons, Carts, Coaches, and all other Wheel Vehicles, as likewise all Water-Mills, Wind-Mills and Horse-Mills. This Method being found good in Practice, by the trial of a Coach and Cart already made, shews of what great Advantage it may be to all Farmers, Carriers, Masons, Miners, &c. and to the Publick in general, by having them one half of the Expences they are now at in the Draught of these Vehicles, according to the common Method
London: Alexander Lyon, 1734. Quarto. (9 x 7 1/4 inches). , 38pp. Five folding engraved plates.
Early marbled paper wrappers
The invention of frictionless carriage wheels.
Rowe, referred to by some as Captain Rowe suggesting a nautical career, was an English polymath and inventor. He is best remembered as a pioneer of English diving, authoring a work on the subject in 1730 and patenting a diving machine following his successful underwater recovery of 33 tons of silver from the wreck of the East India Company ship Vansittart. In the present work, he explores his improvements to carriages to reduce the friction upon the shafts and wheels in order to improve their effectiveness.