1813 · London
by (ACCIDENT PREVENTION). BOSWORTH, NEWTON
London: Printed [by Harding and Wright] for Lackington, Allen, and Co, 1813. FIRST EDITION. 155 x 95 mm. (6 1/8 x 3 3/4"). xii, 209,  (ads) pp. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, corners tipped with vellum, smooth spine divided into panels with gilt rules, gilt titling. With one illustration in the text and SIX ENGRAVED PLATES of safety devices. Front pastedown with engraved armorial bookplate of Thomas Hammond Foxcroft. Wellcome II, 209. Thin crack to front joint, half-inch chip to head of spine, leather on spine a bit dry and crackled, other minor imperfections (including light foxing to a couple of plates), but generally a fine copy--the text clean, fresh, and pleasing, and the original unsophisticated binding perfectly agreeable. This is a very pleasing copy of an intriguing book on how to avoid accidents and how to save potential victims of calamity, with sections on misadventures from fire, in water, at play, and while travelling. Written with the young person in mind, the author's advice ranges from useful and even rather obvious (e.g. "Never go into the water until you have learned to swim!") to instructions that seem specious at best (e.g. "Never venture into cold water when your body is much heated by exercise"). Of particular interest here are the plates which show a range of new apparatus meant to save those in peril. These include a "Fire Escape" (essentially a basket hanging from a scaffold pole), an unusual configuration of hooks meant to raise people who have sunk under water, and a bellows system for "the recovery of persons apparently dead," the latter gaining endorsement by the Royal Humane Society.
(Inventory #: ST14862)