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        A Descriptive History of the Steam Engine... illustrated by Engravings of Forty-Seven Engines,

      Second Edition, additional wood-engraved title, frontispiece, vi, 2, 228pp., tall octavo, FINE COPY in an exceptionally pretty contemporary quarter calf, spine elaborately decorated in gilt between darkened bands, marbled boards, WITH THE CORNISH BINDER'S TICKET " "Bound by J. H. E. Edwards, Bookseller, Camborne", 47 large wood-engraved plates, London, Printed for Knight and Lacey, 1824. PROVENANCE: with neat ownership stamp of Thomas Lean. "CAPTAIN THOMAS LEAN. In the study of the Cobar district and the association of Cornish miners there, one is impressed by the effort which was made by Captain Thomas Lean in establishing the Cobar Copper Mining Company's development and operations. The location of the copper find in the west of New South Wales set a wide variety of problems which had to be overcome - isolation, drought, floods - with corresponding difficulties in establishing supplies, delivering copper ore and, of course, building up a town for the mining community. At any mine, Cornish mining captains were seen to be key people who would display the traditional fatherly outlook and were always anxious to stabilise their work force by encouraging the miners to settle permanently and to raise their families in what was to be their town. These men had frequently gained wide experience in setting up such operations overseas in Cornwall, the Americas and South Africa. They had become important people in the development of mines in Australia. Captain Lean was one such man - with experience in South Australia's copper mining districts in the Adelaide Hills and at Moonta and Wallaroo. He had been in the gold mining districts of Victoria as well. The Lean family came originally from Cornwall but their activities extended into the mining district of Devon, just over the border of Cornwall with Devon. Thomas Lean was born at Bere Alston in Devon, of pure Cornish stock." Cornish Association of NSW, Cobar Cornish History Project.

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        On the Influence of the Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground.London: Francis & Taylor, 1896. First edition.

      Rare offprint of the English version of his landmark paper on the greenhouse effect which precedes the German version printed by the Swedish Academy (Über den Einfluss ...) by six months. <br/><br/> In this paper Arrhenius gave the first quantitative investigation of the influence of changes in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere on the temperature of the Earth's surface. This was the first attempt to quantify the greenhouse effect, described earlier in qualitative terms by Joseph Fourier in 1824. Arrhenius "examines the importance of carbon dioxide in the earth's heat balance and concludes that a doubling of the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere would result in an average global temperature increase of about 6 Kelvin's, or 6°C. He publishes his results in the paper 'On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground'." (Parkinson, p.433). <br/><br/> "Although Arrhenius' work on the greenhouse effect was originally motivated by a wish to explain the temperature variations during the quaternary glaciation cycles, he soon applied his results to the issue of possible future climate change caused by industrial emissions of CO2, from fossil fuel combustion. His first estimate of a man-made global temperature change was published in 1896 [ibid]." (Crawford: Svante Arrhenius and the Greenhouse Effect). <br/><br/> As mentioned in Crawford's biography Arrhenius often published his papers in both German and English versions in order to make them more widely known. In the case of this paper there are three versions: Arrhenius presented his ideas to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on the 8th January 1896, and submitted a lengthy memoire (100 pages) to be published in the Supplement series of the Memoirs of the Academy, and an English translation, done by James Walker, was submitted to the leading journal Philosophical Magazine. The English version was shorter (40 pages), due mainly to the omission of numerous tables of data on temperature. Probably because of the length of the German version it was first published in November 1896. The English version was printed in April 1896. Then a third version, identical to the German November version, was again issued in 1897 in the entire volume 22 of the Supplement series to the Memoirs of the Swedish Academy. The separate German version from November was printed in 130 copies (private correspondence with the Swedish Academy). The offprint of the April version, offered here, was most likely printed in a smaller number. <br/><br/> Rare; not in Erik Waller's collection of offprints. We can locate only two copies: The Gelkie Collection (University of Edinburgh) and Aspendale, Australia.. 8vo: 218 x 140 mm. Offprint from: Philosophical Magazine, April 1896, pp. 237-276. Original printed wrappers, two small pieces missing from the right margin of the front wrapper, otherwise in very fine condition

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        Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Égyptiens ou recherches sur les élémens premiers de cette écriture sacrée, sur leurs diverses combinaisons, et sur les rapports de ce système avec les autres méthodes graphiques égyptiennes. Avec un volume de planches. + Planches et explication. 2 vols.

      Paris, Chez Treuttel et Würtz, 1824. 8vo. Two uniform cont. bindings. Rebacked in blue leather matching the cont. blue marbled boards (De Gebroeder van Cleef). Backs gilt. Internally fine, though w. some brownspotting. Half-title w. repaired loss to lower third, not affecting text. (Text-vol.:) (4), XVI, 410 pp. + 16 plates, of which four are folded, (plate-vol.:) (2), 45 pp. + 32 plates (numbered 1-21 and A-K). Complete in two vols. w. all 38 lithographed plates.. Very rare first edition of the work in which the deciphering of the hieroglyphs was fully presented for the first time. In 1822 Champollion had read his "Lettre a M. Dacier" before the Academie des Inscriptions, and for the first time presented the key to reading hieroglyphs. His monumental work "Précis du système hiéroglyphique" appeared two years later, and in this richly illustrated work he presents his definitive, expanded analysis, and finally corrects the misleading mistakes of the other Egyptologists, counting also Thomas Young. Jean Francois Champollion (1790-1832), the father of Egyptology, is credited with actually deciphering the inscription on the famous Rosetta Stone, translating it, and breaking the mystery of the ancient hieroglyphic script; he is therefore accepted as the founder of Scientific Egyptology, -a title primarily justified with the publication of this work.The Rosetta Stone was found in 1799 by French Troops and was immediately brought to England, where it has been ever since. The stone was (and is) of the utmost importance to the understanding of the Egyptian language, the principles of which were totally unknown up to this point. Because the hieroglyphic inscription on the stone is accompanied by a Greek and a Demotic one with the same contents, Champollion was able to crack the code of the hieroglyphs and to read a language that had not been read for far more than a millennium. Champollion was an extraordinary philologist, who, by the age of sixteen, besides Greek and Latin, mastered six ancient Middle Eastern languages, among these Coptic, the knowledge of which, unlike that of Egyptian, was never lost. As the first, Champollion realized the connection between the Coptic and the Egyptian language, and was able to identify many of the Egyptian words on the Rosetta Stone, as he could read them with their Coptic equivalents. He was the first to believe that both Demotic and hieroglyphs represented symbols, and not sounds as earlier presumed. After that he quickly realized that each single hieroglyph could represent a sign, and he began compiling a hieroglyphic alphabet. In his "Précis du système hiéroglyphique" he could finally, in 1824, prove that the glyphs represented sounds as well as concepts, according to context. Champollion is the constructor of our present code of the hieroglyphic alphabet. "Further study enabled him to discover the values of a number of syllabic hieroglyphic signs, and to recognize the use of hieroglyphs as determinatives. In cases where the Greek text supplied him with the meaning of hieroglyphs of which he did not know the phonetic values, his knowledge of Coptic enabled him to suggest values which he found subsequently to be substantially correct. Further reference to determinatives and the importance of parallel passages and texts will be made later on in his work. Between 1822-24 CHAMPOLLION worked incessantly, and was enabled to modify much of his earlier views, and to develop his Alphabet, -and he evolved some rudimentary principles of Egyptian Grammar. The results of his studies at this period he published in his "Précis du Système Hiéroglyphique", Paris, 1824, wherein he took special pains to inform his readers that his system had nothing whatever to do with that of Dr. YOUNG." (Wallis Budge, The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum, pp. 224-25). "... Ces mémoires réunis formèrent le grand ouvrage publié aux frais de l'Etat en 1824 sous le titre "Précis du système hiéroglyphique des anciens Égyptiens", didié au roi." /N.B.G. Vol. 9, p. 650)

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        Fordna och Närvarande Sverige (..) [Utsigter af] Upland / [Vues D´Uplande]

      Stockholm. Tryckt hos Carl Deleen. 1824-1827. Folio. Ca. 44 x 60 cm. Parts I-V. Part II lacks the wrapper. Part I: Front wrapper (pasted at the front of an original card board portfolio) + 4 plates + 4 text leaves (bound into the portfolio); Part II: (No wrapper) 4 plates + 4 text leaves (bound into the portfolio); Part III: wrapper + 4 plates + 4 text leaves; Part IV: 4 plates + 4 text leaves; Part V: 4 plates + 4 text leaves. Present are the 5 first parts (containing 20 aquatint plates) to the Upland volume. Another 20 plates to Upland were published in lithography. They are not present here. Original green/gray card board portfolio with the front of the first wrapper pasted at the front board. The contents of the first and second wrappers are bound into the portfolio. The remaining three wrappers with contents lay loose in the portfolio. The wrappers have decorative printed titles at the front. The province of Upland and part numbers are written by hand at the front of the wrappers. A few spots and creases to the portfolio. A few tears at the spine and at the flap. Small loss at the lower spine. A few creases and spots to the wrappers. A few spots, stains and some browning to the margins of some of the plates and text leaves. Slight damp stain in the margins to many of the plates and text leaves. A few plates and text leaves with fraying and small tears to the margins. One plate with two small holes in the margins and some repaired damage at the upper margin. Clean images. A very nice set.. A very rare set of original wrappers with mostly uncut text and plates belonging to one of the most sought after volumes of "Fordna och Närvarande Sverige" (Ancient and present Sweden) - Upland. The plates shows country estates in their natural settings. Lakes, forests, people, cows, horses, dogs and picturesque vistas are shown. The text is in French and Swedish. Almost all of these beautiful wrappers were thrown away a long time ago by the bookbinders and the plates and text were cut to fit appropriate bindings. Some lucky coincident made the present wrappers survive. This is the third, free standing, volume of the monumental topographical work "Fordna och närvarande Sverige" wnich was published 1817-1867 in 12 volumes containing 367 plates altogether. The first two volumes (Skåne and Östergötland) were executed entierly in aquatint, as were the early parts of the third and fourth volumes (Upland and Södermanland). When the original creator Ulric Thersner died in 1828 the aquatint technique were abandoned and lithography were adopted for the execution of the rest of the work. At that time both the provinces of Upland and Södermanland were under production, which explains why these volumes have plates both in aquatint and lithography

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