Electricity in the Service of Man; A Popular and Practical Treatise on the Applications of Electricity in Modern Life.
by WALMSLEY, Robert Mullineux (1854-1924).
London:: Cassell, 1905., 1905. Thick 8vo. viii, 1208 pp. Frontis., 5 folding plates, 1207 figs., index. Contemporary navy blue gilt-stamped calf, prize binding of the King's School of Ipswich. Prize bookplate for E. A. Ashwin, signed Felix J. Cobbold & P.E. Raynor. Very good. MUCH PREFERRED, greatly expanded EDITION. The first edition was issued in 1888, following the text of Dr. A.R. von Urbanitzky, edited, with numerous additions, by Dr. R. A. Wormell. In 1890 a second edition was issued. The third edition, issued in 1893, was edited by Walmsley. "When in 1899 and 1900 the question of a new edition was discussed, it was found that so great had been the advance of electrical science in the few years which had elapsed since the previous issue, that is had become necessary to recast the whole and practically to write a new book from cover to cover, discarding the old material except so far as it might be useful in the historical sections." – Preface. This copiously and superbly-illustrated volume on electrical gadgets and inventions of all kinds, was written at a time when such things were still rather uncommon, and of great interest to the reading public.
(Inventory #: SW1272)
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