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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.
8o (225 x 137 mm., uncut). Engraved folding plate. Original boards (rebacked); slipcase.
FIRST EDITION. A description of Davy's wire-gauze lamp, and an account of Davy's researches on explosions from inflamable air. Davy expresses hope "of presenting a permanent record on this important subject to the practical miner, and of enabling the friends of humanity to estimate and apply those resources of science, by which a great and permanently existing evil may be subdued" (Preface). Norman 613.
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