The Philosophy of Domestic Economy by SYLVESTER Charles

The Philosophy of Domestic Economy As exemplified in the mode of warming, ventilating, washing, drying & cooking and in various arrangements to the comfort and convenience of domestic life as adopted in the Derbyshire General Infirmary...

Nottingham, printed by H. Barnett and sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, London. 1819

xix + 62 ppl, plus engraved frontis of the Derbyshire General Infirmary and 10 full-page engraved plates. 4to. Original marbled boards, sympathetically rebacked to make a vg copy with new spine label. Ex subscription library, with elegant label fep and embossed blind stamps on some pages. Built in the early 1800s, Derbyshire Infirmary was one of the most advanced buildings of its day, and adopted the most up-to-date standards of ventilation and sanitation. William Strutt (1756-1830), a pioneer of heating by convection, designed the warming system as well as the toilet facilities, oven and laundry facilities. Sylvester, the author of this volume, was Strutt's assistant engineer at the Infirmary. His Philosophy of Domestic Economy is the principal published source on the groundbreaking project, giving complete plans of the original building, along with details of the hot air stove, drying closet, roasting oven, and waterclosets. Scarce.

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