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Accum, Friedrich Christian, 1769–1838
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 this new branch of civil economy / by Frederick Accum, operative chemist, lecturer on practical chemistry, on mineralogy, and on chemistry applied to the arts and manufactures; member of the Royal Irish Academy, Fellow of the Linnæn Society, member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of Berlin, &c. &c.
London : Printed by G. Hayden, Brydges-Street, Covent Garden; for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand; Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; and Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row; and J. Hatchard, Piccadilly, 1815.
Physical Description:
[2], iii, [1], v, [1], 186 p., VII leaves of plates (2 folded) : ill. ; 26 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
TH7910 .A23 1815
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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The adoption of gas lighting in London was largely due to this book. The famous publisher, Mr. R. Ackermann, was one of the earliest to adopt gas lighting; in a letter printed on pages 71-2 he gives an account of his cost inproducting gas for the whole of his establishment and private house, that had been in use since 1811. Cf. Abbey.
"Price-Twelve shillings in board."--Foot of t.p.
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 1478-1840, 22
Abbey, J.R. Life in England in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 436
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bound in original brown paper covered boards. Publisher's advertisements, 4 p. tipped in at end, not included in pagination.
Subject Terms:
Gas manufacture and works.
Gas-lighting -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
Hayden, G. -- Printer.
Aquatints -- Hand-colored -- 1815.
Ackermann, Rudolph, 1764-1834, publisher.

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