William Kelly; A True History of the So Called Bessemer Process [Signed]
Published by the Author Greensburg, PA. First Edition 1924. Greensburg 1924. First edition hard back binding in publisher's original burgundy cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine and the upper panel, top edge gilt, fore and lower page edges untrimmed. 8vo. 9'' x 6''. Contains [xviii] 258 printed pages of text with eight monochrome illustrations throughout. Pencil marking inside the front cover reads 'From the Library of Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister.' Small score mark to the front cover, without any foxing, spine not faded and in very Good clean and sound condition. SIGNED by W. C. Kelly on the front free end paper (likely the son of William Kelly, William Cody Kelly). He is credited with being one of the inventors of modern steel production, through the process of injecting air into molten iron, which he experimented with in the early 1850s. A similar process was discovered independently by Henry Bessemer and patented in 1855. Due to a financial panic in 1857, a company that had already licensed the Bessemer process was able to purchase Kelly's patents, and licensed both under a single scheme using the Bessemer name. Kelly's role in the invention of the process is much less known.
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