A modernreader would grasp the nature of this work more readily if its title, which to the uninitiated might suggest a coffee-table book full of beautiful color pictures, were instead something like “Draft Final Interim Report on the Rosoir-Spring Remedy for Public Water Supply of Dijon: Hydrologic, Engineering, Financial, Legal, and Political Challenges and Impacts.” It is big, having 526 large pages that include preface, main text, and eight appendixes, plus 27 double-size fold-out pages of detailed illustrations. Darcy's sights were set well beyond immediate and local issues: in laying out all the design considerations for the Dijon water...

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