London: H.G. Bohn, 1846. Revised and enlarged 4th and last edition in English. Engraved frontispiece portraits of author by Lud. Schmidt and of James Watt by Sir W. Beechy. Contemporary full calf, marbled endpapers and edges. Item #2805
Revised and enlarged, this was the fourth and last edition in English of Beckmann's Beytrage zur geschichte der erfindungen (transl.by William Johnston) of 1782. Some of the chapters describe a machine for noting down music, secret poison, sealing wax, artichokes and clocks and watches; also included is a short biography on Beckmann.