London: Stereotyped and printed by Davies and Michael, 19, Poppins' Court, Fleet Street; for R. Ackermann, 101, Strand: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown; and Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster Row; and J. Hatchard, Piccadilly, 1815. Original Boards. A superb survival, untrimmed in original boards, of the first book to describe and widely influence installation of gas lighting in London and other metropolises. Royal 8vo (252 x 149mm): xvii,,194,6pp, with folding hand-colored frontispiece and 6 hand-colored plates (one folding) of machinery and various light fixtures and chandeliers. Original drab paper-covered boards, paper title label printed in black to spine. Engraved armorial book plate to front paste-down. An excellent wide-margined example, tightly bound, with virtually pristine pages and plates. Abbey (Life) 436. Fine. Item #BB2418
Second Edition (so stated), issued the same year as the first. In 1810, when the London Chartered Gaslight and Coke Company was formed, Accum was nominated one of its engineers. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).