The Steam-Boat Supported; or, A Reply to Mr. James Rumsey's Pamphlet. Shewing the True Priority of John Fitch and the False Datings, &c of James Rumsey.
by FITCH, John (1743-1798).
Freeport:: Books for Libraries Press, 1971. Reprint., 1971. 8vo. [vi], –74 pp. Black blind- and silver-stamped cloth. Fine. A facsimile of the 1788 personal defense offered by John Fitch (230 years before Twitter). Fitch, a key developer of the steam engine in America, argues against the claims of his one-time partner regarding who invented the steamboat. Fitch was an inventor, mapmaker, silversmith, and even a scout for the army (he was captured by Native Americans in a skirmish and later escaped). His first steam boat used oars rather than a paddlewheel. He was irascible and argumentative. His defense speaks for itself.
(Inventory #: SEG1055)
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