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WORCESTER, Edward Somerset, 2nd Marquis of (1601--1667)
A century of the names and scantlings of such inventions, as at present I can call to mind to have tried and perfected, (which my former notes being lost) I have, at the influence of a powerful friend, endeavoured now in the year 1655, to set these down in such a way as may sufficiently instruct me to put any of them in practice. The author the Marquis of Worcester.
[London]: Glasgow, printed. London: reprinted by W. Bailey, proprietor of the Speaking Figure, 1786.
xiv, 41, [5] p. ; 12.2 cm. (16º)

First published in 1663; the Glasgow edition appeared in 1767. The author was Edward Somerset. 2nd Marquess of Worcester, who among the one hundred inventions enumerated here, was the inventor of the 'water-commanding engine'. Worcester claimed to have found a way to 'drive up water by fire', apparently an unsuccessful early attempt to create a steam engine (ODNB). ESTC t232327.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on title-page John Soane, cropped at head by the binder.

Binding C19th half green roan, blind double-ruled borders, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s., 2 August 1830. (Spiers Box. Binding 51).

Reference Number 1080


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