A history of inventions, discoveries, and origins. London H.G. Bohn 1846
2 vols. 8vo. xxiii, , 518; xii, 54 Engraved frontispiece portraits of author by Lud. Schmidt and of James Watt by Sir W. Beechy. Contemporary full calf, marbled endpapers and edges. $150.00
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.