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ACCRUM, Frederick.
Description of the process of manufacturing coal gas, for the lighting of streets, houses, and public buildings

London: Thomas Boys, 1819.
London: Thomas Boys, 1819.

FIRST EDITION. With elevations sections and plans of the most improved sorts of apparatus now employed at the gas works in London and the principal provincial towns of Great Britain; accompanied with comparative estimates exhibiting the most economical mode of procuring this species of light. Octavo (5.5" x 9") Rebound blue cloth boards with original decorated blue covers; [ii] xv [i] 334 [2 ads] pages. Complete illustrated with a hand-coloured title page and six folding hand-coloured plates the last plate being a large depiction of a gas works. Edges uncut. Accum's 'A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON GAS-LIGHT' published in 1815 is widely acknowledged as being responsible for the adoption of gas lighting in London and other large cities. Two plates have long neatly repaired (on the verso) tears and there are a few short splits but the color is bright and fresh. Contents Very Good to Near Fine. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Gas Light Apparatus (folding plate). 2. Title page. 3. Gas Light Machinery at the Royal Mint (folding plate). 4. Gas Works, Westminster Station (folding plate). 5. Assorted figures and diagrams pertaining to Gas Works etc (folding plate). 6. As above. 7. Gas Works (folding plate).