Practical Treatise on Gas-Light, by ACCUM Frederick [1769-1838]

Practical Treatise on Gas-Light, by ACCUM Frederick [1769-1838] < >

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.

London printed by G. Hayden...for R. Ackermann, [1815] 1818

8vo, 1 leaf, pp iii, (i) blank, v, (i), 186p, and 7 hand-coloured engraved plates (2 folding, and plate 1 bound as a frontispiece). Also 4 pages of adverts for Ackermann's books inserted at the end. A treatise on adulterations of food, and culinary poisons. New end papers. Rebound, quarter calf with gilt titles and marbled boards. Frederick Accum was a chemist by profession, but in about 1810 he became involved with the publisher Rudolph Ackermann, who was active in the promotion of various artistic and scientific projects to introduce into England the illumination of towns by gas. It is widely acknowledged that this book, published by Ackermann, was essentially responsible for the prompt adoption of this mode of lighting in London and other British cities. In 1820, Accum published Treatise on Adulteration of Food, in which he denounced the use of chemical additives to food. His work in that area is better known.

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