New York: Harper & Brothers, 1844.
First edition. Title vignette, tailpiece, and 8 lithographed plates illustrating over 100 spoons. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary half green morocco and marbled boards and endpapers. Some scuffing to extremities, mild scattered (mostly marginal) spotting, but overall a solid, attractive copy. Bookplate of B. Pomeroy on front pastedown, and his name stamped in gilt at foot of spine. Item #243255
A curious and delightful by one of 19th-century technological visionaries. The inventor and ethnologist Ewbank (1792-1870) emigrated to New York from England in 1819.
"In 1820 he began the manufacture of metallic tubing in New York, and retired in 1836 to devote himself to literary and scientific pursuits. From 1849 till 1852 he was U. S. commissioner of patents ... He was one of the founders of the American ethnological society. He published 'Descriptive and Historical Account of Hydraulic and other Machines, Ancient and Modern' (New York, 1842; 15th ed., with additions, 1863); 'The World a Workshop, or the Physical Relation of Man to the Earth' (1855); 'Life in Brazil,' describing a visit to that country in 1845-6, with an appendix on a collection of American antiquities (1857); 'Thoughts on Matter and Force' (1858); 'Reminiscences in the Patent Office' (1859); and a variety of miscellaneous essays on the philosophy and history of inventions, which appeared chiefly in the 'Transactions of the Franklin Institute.' His 'Experiments on Marine Propulsion, or the Virtue of Form in Propelling Blades,' was reprinted in Europe. In 1860 he published an essay that he had read before the Ethnological society, entitled 'Inorganic Forces Ordained to Supersede Human Slavery.'"(Appleton's Cyclopedia)
The attribution to Ewbank is based on the Library of Congress deposit copy, which bears the annotation, "By Thomas Ewbank". The "Society of Literary & Scientific Chiffonniers" is fictitious.
Price: $500.00 Free Domestic Delivery