The Steam Engine Familiarly Explained and Illustrated; with an Historical Sketch of Its Invention and Progressive Improvement; Its Application to Navigation and Railways; with Plain Maxims for Railway Speculators.
Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: E.L. Carey and A. Hart
Date Published: 1836
Description: With additions and notes, by James Renwick. Third American, from the fifth London edition, considerably enlarged. 13 engraved plates, some folding, 67 text illustrations, 324 pages plus 6 pages of advertisements. 8vo, original cloth, paper spine label; light foxing throughout, corners rubbed, inner hinge weak. Philadelphia, 1836. Good.
Comments: One of many works by the Dublin-born popularizer of diverse scientific knowledge, best known for his editorship of the "Cabinet Cyclopedia". Although "not an original or profound thinker, [Lardner] was a man of great and versatile ability, master of a lucid style, and as a populariser of science did excellent work. He is satirised by Thackeray in the last "Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush" as a literary quack advertising his encyclopedia at dinner parties." -- D.N.B.Jacket: N
Book ID: 36371