by Jonathan Hulls
[London, 1855]. 12mo. pp48. folding engraved plate showing a steam vessel powered by stern paddle wheels towing a man-o-war.
a little light foxing and browning, but generally good clean condition in a lightly rubbed half roan leather binding by Riviere.
a facsimile reprint of the very rare 1737 edition - the first book on steam navigation.
Issued in a very limited printing of 35 copies in total, of which this is number 8 of 27 copies printed to the same size as the original pamphlet.
Hull's experiments were conducted on the River Avon at Evesham in 1737, with a Newcomen steam engine mounted on a tow-boat, which would drive paddles mounted at the rear of the craft.