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LARDNER, Dionysius (ed.)
The Museum of Science & Art.
London: Walton and Maberly, 1854-6. London: Walton and Maberly,, 1854-6. The complete set in original cloth 12 volumes bound in 6, octavo (184 x 113 mm). Original red ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt, boards and spines decorated in blind, centrepiece to front boards in gilt and to rear boards in blind, yellow endpapers, edges sprinkled red. Woodcut illustrations throughout. Contemporary gift inscription to front free endpaper of vol. 1, ownership inscriptions to front pastedowns, binder's tickets to rear pastedowns. Spines lightly sunned, extremities bumped and rubbed, a few marks to cloth, contents occasionally foxed, overall a bright, clean set. First edition, the complete set, of the Irish writer and popular lecturer's treatises on a wide range of scientific topics, including astronomy, geology, optical images, the steam engine, and clocks. "At the height of his career, [Lardner] lectured extensively on scientific and technical subjects, wrote prolifically, and became a scientific celebrity. He wrote treatises on mechanics, pneumatics, and Newton's optics for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, and contributed the chapters on algebra and geometrical analysis to the Encyclopedia Metropolitana. He oversaw seven editions of The Steam Engine Familiarly Explained and Illustrated, which eventually had eleven editions in Britain, as well as American editions and translations into French, German, Italian, and Danish; The Athenaeum called it 'the most popular mechanical treatise ever published' (962). He promoted the new Monthly Chronicle and edited it in 183 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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