17 June 2008
DIESEL, Rudolf (1858-1913). Die Entstehung des Dieselmotors. Berlin: Julius Springer, 1913.
8o (270 x 192 mm). 3 folding plates and numerous illustrations in text. Original gilt lettered cloth. Provenance: Institution of Naval Architects, London (presentation inscription and bookplate); unnamed consignor, sale Christie's London, 16 November 1988, lot 144.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on title less than three weeks before committing suicide on his way to England: "To the Institutuion of Naval Architects, With kind regards from Dr. Diesel, Munich, Sept 10th 1913." A chronological account of the origin of the diesel engine, and a testimony to Diesel's vision of using renewable energy sources like vegetable oils to fuel his engine.
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