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[George Stephenson]. A description of the safety lamp, invented by George Stephenson, and now in use at Killingworth colliery. To which is added, An account of the lamp constructed by Sir Humphrey Davy. With engravings. , 1st ed. London: printed for Baldwin, Craddock and Joy; Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co.; Newcastle: E. Charnley. (Printed by S. Hodgson, Union Street, Newcastle), 1817.

16p + 4 plates (one bound upside down). Original blue sugar-paper covers, tear to front cover, small hole to the back. Some light creasing to outside page edges. This copy has been sent through the post to Sir Horace St. Paul with his Grosvenor Square address in London hand-written, possibly by Stephenson, on the back cover, which also bears a Newcastle post mark dated January 29th 1817 and shows a delivery mileage of 277 miles. The controversy over who was first, Stephenson or Davy, to devise a workable miner’s safety lamp engendered much heated debate, at the time and subsequently. Although it was Davy’s lamp which was eventually the most widely used, modern opinion seems to confirm that Stephenson’s was the better design and more efficient lamp. Sir Horace St. Paul (1775-1840) was Member of Parliament for Bridport and his family seat was Ewart Park, near Berwick on Tweed. His interest in mining arose following his marriage in 1803 to the daughter of John Ward, 2nd Viscount Dudley, who had extensive mining interests on his Dudley estates. Ward endowed his daughter by granting St. Paul an interest in his Dudley coal fields. Using the new technology pioneered by Stephenson, St. Paul was able to drain the mines and extract coal from a greater depth than had hitherto been possible. The site of these operations – Bumble Hole – is now a nature reserve. (Book ref. wb11597 )  £ 650.00

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