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LARDNER, DIONYSIUS - The Electric Telegraph Popularised  With one hundred illustrations

Title: The Electric Telegraph Popularised With one hundred illustrations
Description: Lockwood & Co., London, nd. (c.1874). Octavo; hardcover, half-bound in green calf with gilt rules, upper board and spine decorations and gilt spine titles on a red morocco label; 653pp., text block edges marbled, with many engraved illustrations. Moderate wear; covers rubbed and edgeworn; corners bumped with some fraying; book prize plate tipped-in to the front pastedown; light scattered foxing throughout. Very good. This lavish binding collects several pamphlets written by the indefatigable Dionysius Lardner on various aspects of Physics, but concentrating primarily on those which outline the state of the art of telegraphy at the time. Presented as a prize by the Society of Merchant Venturers of the City of Bristol to a colleague who had succeeded in government scientific examinations, this compilation surely indicates the career path upon which this fellow was about to set forth. Beginning with a history and overview of the technology involved with the telegraph, the pamphlets discuss the apparatus's use in meteorology and astronomy as well as the relevant mechanical skills that would be useful in overseeing the operation of such a device. In the final few chapters such things as the physical operation of mirrors and a discussion of how poets record physical phenomena in their work and incompetently assign such things to 'higher powers' rather than natural forces in action. As a miscellany of scientific observations, this volume will provide many hours of useful and enlightening reading.

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Price: AUD 88.00 = appr. US$ 60.88 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 96511


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