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Memoria sobre os differentes meios de atalhar os incendios, de salvar as pessoas, e os objectos delles ameaçados, e de os prevenir quanto possibel. Offerecida a Academia R. das Sciencias de Lisboa .

CRUZ, Francisco Ignacio dos Santos.

Published by Lisbon, Typ. da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1850., 1850
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4°, plain wrappers. Lightly browned, light foxing (mostly marginal). Unopened. (2 ll.), viii, 138, (3), (3 blank) pp. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION. Written immediately after the catastrophic Lisbon fire of November 21-22, 1844, but not published until 1850, the Memoria offers much useful information on the history of firefighting. Santos Cruz divides the work into three parts. In the first section, he compares the 1844 fire to the equally destructive conflagration of 1787, describes Lisbon's present firefighting system, and calls for the creation of a corps of municipal firefighters based on French models. In the second section, Santos Cruz surveys the various kinds of ladders, pumps, shields, protective clothing, and other firefighting equipment employed in Europe and the United States, with bibliographical references to his information sources. Although relying primarily on French sources, the Memoria is particularly valuable for its discussion of nineteenth-century Portuguese firefighting technology. The final section describes ways of fireproofing building materials.Santos Cruz (1787-1859) was born in Santarém and received a medical degree from the University of Coimbra. Appointed to the Conselho de Saude Publica do Reino in 1837, Santos Cruz closed his practice in Punhete and moved permanently to Lisbon. There he worked tirelessly on public health issues, gaining particular attention for his studies of prostitution in Lisbon.*** Innocêncio II, 391: without collation. Not in Welsh or Greenlee Catalogue. NUC: NN (giving collation as viii, 138 pp.). Bookseller Inventory # 23683

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Title: Memoria sobre os differentes meios de ...

Publisher: Lisbon, Typ. da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1850.

Publication Date: 1850

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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