Du scaphandre et de son emploi a bord des naivres


Published by Arthus Bertrand, 1860
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With 1 double page plate and 1 folding plate. Morocco-backed marbled boards, with the original printed wrappers bound in. An excellent copy. First and only edition. While primitive underwater breathing methods had been around for centuries, the first real technological push towards underwater exploration was the diving bell -- little more than a hard, bell-shaped chamber that would retain a pocket of air when lowered into a body of water. Individual suits were a vast improvement over this early apparatus, and the work featured here focuses on a very specific type of diving suit patented by Joseph-Martin Cabirol, not too dissimilar to Augustus Siebe's groundbreaking design in which a metal helmet was secured to the collar of a full-length suit, allowing the user more flexibility and freedom of movement. Though far from safe by today's standards, the Cabriol diving suit did represent a leap forward with certain safety features. It even won the silver medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.The author here offers advice for the use of the Cabriol diving suit on board ships. He presents a basic outline of the mechanisms involved, the nomenclature, and various safety procedures. One of the most delightful parts of this booklet is the double page plate of a diver in full gear, axe in hand, posing contrapposto for the viewer. It conjures up images straight out of a Jules Verne novel - minus, of course, the giant sea monster. Du Temple was a first lieutenant in the French navy and evidently quite an authority on steam power (according to his credentials on the title page). In addition to his naval interests, Louis and his brother Felix also experimented with flight, designing, patenting, and creating some of the first flying machines in the world. Their 1857 model airplane is recognized as the first machine to achieve flight, predating the Wright brothers's landmark 1903 manned flight by over 40 years. The du Temple brothers' "monoplane," a kind of one-man glider, was shown at the 1878 World's Fair. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Du scaphandre et de son emploi a bord des ...
Publisher: Arthus Bertrand
Publication Date: 1860

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