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Lot #465
DepartmentBooks
Low Estimate$1,000.00
High Estimate$1,200.00
Last UpdatedJune 11, 2019

Description

RARE ALAN STEVENSON VOLUME ON LIGHTHOUSES 1835
Report to the Committee of the Commissioners of Northern Lights, Appointed to Take into Consideration the Subject of Illuminating the Lighthouses by Means of Lenses by Alan Stevenson, M.A. (Edinburgh: Neill & Company, 1835). Includes six folding plates with detailed diagrams of lights. Large Q. Textured boards with green title label. Includes contemporary clamshell case.
Internationally renowned lighthouse engineer Alan Stevenson (1807-65) was a member of the illustrious Stevenson family of Scotland, which included other noted engineers and author Robert Louis Stevenson. He constructed at least a dozen lighthouses, most notably the Skerryvore Lighthouse, considered a feat of Victorian engineering. In this volume he reports on his observations of newly developed French lenses including Fresnel.

Condition

Bookplate. Owner's inscription on title page and pencil inscriptions on index of plates and another plate. Boards bumped and scuffed, with some loss on cover. Spine probably newer. Text pages fairly clean and bright, with some light handling wear, toning and foxing.

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