AN ACCOUNT OF A KETTLE FOR BOILING INFLAMMABLE FLUIDS. In a letter from Thomas P. Smith, to Robert Patterson. [From the "Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, volume IV"].

By: Smith, Thomas P.

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ILLUSTRATED WITH A FULL-PAGE PLATE OF THOMAS SMITH'S KETTLE FOR BOILING INFLAMMABLE FLUIDS - Quarto, 11-1/2 inches high by 9 inches wide. Unbound leaves from the "Transactions of the American Philosophical Society". Two deckle-edged pages in all with large uncut & untrimmed margins, consisting of pages 431 and 432, together with a plate. The full-page plate engraved by Jones depicts the kettle described by the author. Both the text leaf and the plate are loose. There is offsetting to the textual leaf with chips and tears to its edges. Good. Unbound sheets from volume 4 of the "Transactions of the American Philosophical Society". The text describes Thomas P. Smith's idea for a kettle with which to boil inflammable fluids: "When we consider the many unhappy accidents that occur from vessels containing inflammable fluids boiling over and setting fire to the buildings in which manufactories of them are carried on, it must strike us as a matter of importance to form a vessel which should be so constructed as to prevent any of those accidents, and yet of so simple a form as to render it fit for general use." In a postscript, Thomas P. Smith describes that his experiment was unfortunately unsuccessful.

Title: AN ACCOUNT OF A KETTLE FOR BOILING INFLAMMABLE FLUIDS. In a letter from Thomas P. Smith, to Robert Patterson. [From the "Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, volume IV"].

Author Name: Smith, Thomas P.

Categories: Science,

Publisher: [Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by Thomas Dobson], [1799].: [1799].

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 37405

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