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BECKMANN, Johann

A history of inventions, discoveries, and origins.   London H.G. Bohn 1846

2 vols. 8vo. xxiii, [1], 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.


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