The Register of Arts, or a Compendious View of Some of the Most Useful Modern Discoveries and Inventions. Thomas Green Fessenden.
The Register of Arts, or a Compendious View of Some of the Most Useful Modern Discoveries and Inventions

The Register of Arts, or a Compendious View of Some of the Most Useful Modern Discoveries and Inventions

Philadelphia: C. and A. Conrad, 1808. Hardcover. Imprint includes: Baltimore: Conrad Lucas & Co., Petersburg: Somervill and Conrad; Norfolk: Bonsal Conrad & Co. xi, [1], 404 p.; 22 cm. Contemporary calf spine with plain brown paper over boards. Six spine compartments between gilt rules. Gilt-tooled title in second compartment. Thomas Green Fessenden (1771-1837) sought "to present to the American publick useful information in agriculture, and the arts . . . of particular advantage to the citizens of the United States." -- Preface, dated Philadelphia, May 20, 1808. The descriptions of inventions are taken from various English, French, and American publications, often with additional remarks by Fessenden. The inventions range from David Bushnell's submarine to an apparatus for aqua tinta engraving to one for splitting logs with gunpowder. Other topics are fire suppression; weather prediction; purifying infected air; steam heat (by Count Rumford and others); Jonathan Mix's American patent for a carriage spring; extracting sugar from beets; growing fruit trees, potatoes, and poppies; and iron railways. Also includes an extensive section on the bridge over the Schuylkill River at the west end of Market St. in Philadelphia, and a section on the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (founded in 1805). The Appendix contains a list of all the patents taken out in the United States from July 1790 to Jan. 1805. In Fair+ Condition: lacking both plates; binding is heavily rubbed with loss at lower corner of front board; foxing, browning, and light soiling; solid with complete text. Fair +. Item #004365

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