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DAVY, Sir Humphry (1778-1829). On the safety lamp for coal miners; with some researches on flame. London: R. Hunter, 1818.
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DAVY, Sir Humphry (1778-1829). On the safety lamp for coal miners; with some researches on flame. London: R. Hunter, 1818.

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DAVY, Sir Humphry (1778-1829). On the safety lamp for coal miners; with some researches on flame. London: R. Hunter, 1818.

The first edition, in a fine contemporary royal binding, of Davy’s description of the revolutionary mining safety lamp. His invention, which immediately reduced the number of fatalities in coal mines, also allowed miners to mine deeper than was previously possible and was therefore fundamental to the rapid industrialisation of Britain during the 19th century. The Prince of Wales (Prince Regent at the date of publication and later George IV), whose device adorns the upper cover, knighted Davy in 1812. Norman 613.

Octavo (213 x 130mm). Engraved folding plate (some light spotting). Contemporary straight-grained red morocco by W.J. Smith of Brighton, gilt panelled, the Prince of Wales’s feather device gilt on upper cover, spine gilt in compartments (corners lightly rubbed). Modern red morocco box. Provenance: George IV as Prince of Wales (binding).
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