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PEACOCK, James (1738?--1814)
A short account of a new method of filtration by ascent; with explanatory sketches, upon six plates; by James Peacock, ...
London: printed for the author; and sold by Lackington and Co., 1793.
22 p., VI fold. pl. ; 24.5 cm. (sm 2º)

A proof copy with manuscript corrections by the author and the final leaf reversed. ESTC has collation: [4], 22, [2] p. Peacock wrote to Soane on 13 July 1806, 'I have been indeed ... most incessantly engaged in perfecting my scheme for the filtration of soft water; at length I believe I have fully accomplished it. The former plan has been attended with several inconveniences which I did not forsee; these I have completely obviated, ... ' (Bolton, Portrait, pp. 96--7). Peacock offered to repair the machine that had been installed in the printing office at the Bank at a moderate cost, and to show Soane his improved machine. He enclosed with his letter one of [his] advertisements (q.v.). ESTC t48068.

Copy Notes Without the half-title and final blank page recorded in ESTC. Inscribed in ink on title-page NB the Eight first pages, and the first Plate/ only, need be attended to, and the final three paragraphs of p. 8, pp. 9--20 and pl. II--VI crossed out in ink. A note in ink at the foot of the title-page reads Nb. as it has been found that the reflux of/ the fluid will not always cleanse the filtering/ medium it has determined the inventor/ to attach a small force pump to the/ apparatus by which the medium is perfect[ly?] cleansed [the rest cropped by the binder]. Bound (4) in a collection of pamphlets.

Binding Later C19th half calf, blind double-rule borders, brown cloth boards, blind- and gilt-ruled spine, black spine-label, gilt-lettered 'Pamphlets / Piranesi Etc'. Numbered '53' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 2980


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