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GAS] ACCUM, Friedrich Christian.
A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON GAS-LIGHT; Exhibiting a Summary Description of the Apparatus and Machinery best calculated for Illuminating Streets, Houses, and Manufactories, with Carburetted Hydrogen, or Coal-Gas; with Remarks on the Utility, Safety, and General Nature of the New Branch of Civil Economy. With Seven Coloured Plates.
London: Printed by G. Hayden. for R. Ackermann. Longman [&c.]. 1815. FIRST EDITION. 8vo (in fours), pp. [ii], iii, [i] blank, v, [i] errata, 186; with seven hand-coloured lithographed plates (two folding, two slightly shaved), two engraved illustrations and one engraved map within the text; uncut and partially unopened in the original publisher's buff boards, printed paper label on the spine, joints just starting to crack at the head (but binding holding firm), boards abit dust-soiled, but still a very appealing copy. First edition of Accum's 'classic text of gas technology', not only a succinct manual of science, but a contribution to civic improvement and to household art, with the many and various designs of lamps and their fittings depicted. 'Accum was intimately concerned with the application of H. A. Windsor's 1804 patent of a gas-lighting process. He undertook the experimental work necessary to overcome the complaints of Windsor's rival William Murdoch and the scruples of Parliamentary committees. As a result his name appeared as "practical chymist" on the 1812 list of the first Corporation of London's highly successful Gas-Light and Coke Company. Profiting from his experience, Accum advised other fledgling gas companies and wrote the 1815 treatise that became the classic text of gas technology' (DSB). The gas lights depicted here are remarkable and varied examples of Georgian art - more than 12 different designs for household appliances being shown, as well as several for street lamps. 'The value of Accum's work lies in the way he saw and exploited the technological … [Click Below for Full Description]
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