A History of Inventions and Discoveries. Translated from the German by William Johnston

Price: 600.00 GBP

London: J. Bell, 1797. Three volumes. First English translation. Contemporary full speckled calf, spines with gilt rules, gilt lettered red title labels and dark green oval number labels, the later armorial bookplate of the Cobbold family of Ipswich to the front pastedowns of volumes II and III, all three volumes with an inscription stating that the books were purchased in Sotheby's in 1972. A most attractive set. Johann Beckmann taught and wrote widely on the subjects of natural history and science, he was famously attributed with the coining of the term "technology". This is his most notable work, an almost encyclopaedic collection of articles on various trades, natural products and inventions covering an extensive list of subjects to include everything from the "chemical names of metals" to tulips. The first English translation appeared before Beckmann had completed the fourth and final volume, the first English edition of which appeared 17 years later.

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