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The Pneumatics of Hero of Alexandria.

WOODCROFT (Bennet) - editor.

WOODCROFT (Bennet) - editor.

The Pneumatics of Hero of Alexandria From the Original Greek. Translated for and Edited by Bennet Woodcroft Professor of Machinery in University College London.

Additional wood-engraved title, wood-engraved headpieces, initials and colophon and 78 wood-engraved illustrations and diagrams in the text.

First Edition. Small 4to. [240 x 175 x 20 mm]. xix, [i], 117, [3] pp. Bound in the original plum cloth, the covers blocked in blind with line border and decorative corners. Spine lettered in gilt and blocked in blind, pale yellow endleaves, uncut edges. Contained in a later paper -covered slipcase.
London: printed by Charles Whittingham, 1851.

First edition in English and the only English edition until reprinted in 1971. A very good copy with just a little light foxing and the spine slightly faded. With a final 2pp advertisement for "Sketch of the Origin and Progress of Steam Navigation". With the bookplate of J. Francis Gaskell and booklabel of John Porter.

It is a fine example of Charles Whittingham's press work. The Chiswick Press ledgers record an invoice to Woodcroft dated 26 February 1851 for 750 copies and another dated 17 June 1851 for a further 430 copies, at a combined cost of £76.7.0. The second printing was presumably the issue with the cancel title with Taylor, Walton and Maberly named as publishers. The additional wood-engraved title is signed "JW", probably for James West. The illustrations in the text are copies from manuscripts and printed versions of the Pneumatics, one illustration per machine (and chapter), and were probably executed by Mary Byfield. The ornamental initials were originally cut for William Pickering, for whom Whittingham did much of his best work.

Stock no. ebc3848

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