New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849. vii,120;,126pp. plus frontispieces. Two parts bound in one volume. Contemporary brown cloth, boards stamped in blind, spine gilt. Hinges cracked, light edge and corner wear. Light foxing. About very good. Item #WRCAM52210
A series of fifteen essays on important inventions, beginning with the compass and ending with the telegraph. Other topics include printing, the telescope, the steam engine and the railroad. Well illustrated with a number of woodcut engravings. Timbs wrote a number of works of popular science.