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Contributions to the Centennial Exhibition

Ericsson, John

Published by Printed for the author at "The Nation" Press, New York, 1876
Condition: Good Hardcover
From Gunn Books (Wooster, OH, U.S.A.)

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John Ericsson (1803-1889), an American citizen born in Sweden, was a brilliant inventor of many war machines during the period of the Civil War. The most famous of these was the ironclad Monitor. He also invented the screw propeller, pioneered a design for the first screw-propelled warship, proposed an iron battleship with caloric power to President Lincoln, and spent the last years of his life working on solar power. Yet for some reason, his accomplishments and contributions to the Northern military victory were downplayed and ignored. He was passed over for honors at the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia in 1876. Consequently, at his own expense, he published a large, sumptuous book detailing his inventions and contributions to the war effort. In the introduction to his Contributions to the Centennial Exhibition, he writes: "The Commissioners of the Centennial Exhibition having omitted to invite me to exhibit the results of my labors connected with mechanics and physics . . . I have . . . deemed it proper to publish a statement of my principal labors during the last third of the century." This is a copy of that book. This book, as can be noted from the stamps on the preliminary and title pages, was a copy "Presented to the congressional library by the author" as noted on the front free endpaper. A rubber stamp subsequently notes that this is a "Library of Congress Duplicate Exchange." The book was given to the College of Wooster Library, where it was damaged in a flood affecting the library basement in the late 1980s. Subsequently the book was rebound and, though stained on the bottom half of every page, is serviceable. It is also quite scarce (only 300-400 copies were printed), and of great interest to anyone interested in Civil War naval battles, as it contains much information about the Monitor. Professionally rebound in sturdy black buckram. Gilt page ends. A very sturdy, usable copy of the first edition. xx, 577pp; frontis (portrait) of Ericsson; 67 plates, including diagrams. This book is over-sized and quite heavy, so it will likely require additional shipping charges on all priority and international orders. Bookseller Inventory # 003236

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Title: Contributions to the Centennial Exhibition

Publisher: Printed for the author at "The Nation" Press, New York

Publication Date: 1876

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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