Meeting the British [Signed]: Muldoon, Paul Meeting the British [Signed]: Muldoon, Paul Meeting the British [Signed]: Muldoon, Paul Meeting the British [Signed]: Muldoon, Paul

Meeting the British [Signed]

Muldoon, Paul

Published by Wake Forest University Press, 1987
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A Fine copy of the first US edition, first printing in the Publisher's original wrappers -- a Paperback Original (tiny bit of pushing to each wrap's leading corners -- still Fine), SIGNED BY PAUL MULDOON on the title page where he also has lined through his printed name, inscribed the book, and dated it in the year of publication; a collection of Paul Muldoon's Poems, being the US edition of the first publication of these Poems together in a single volume. Muldoon wrote the title poem, which recounts 1763's Pontiac's Rebellion by a loose federation of Native American tribes against the British, shortly before coming to the US. The Poem ends with a reference to the first recorded case of biological warfare wherein the British Officers at Fort Pitt endeavored to infect their besieging enemy with blankets exposed to smallpox. Muldoon's fifth collection of Poems, the book was simultaneously published in both hardcover and paperback. Signed copies in either binding are scarce. A Fine copy of this Paperback Original, SIGNED, INSCRIBED, AND CONTEMPORARILY DATED BY PAUL MULDOON. SCARCE. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Meeting the British [Signed]
Publisher: Wake Forest University Press
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Wrappers
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First edition.

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Book Description A good one page example, 7 x 4½ inches. Jeffreys’ draft acceptance reply on verso. Woolwich, 16 August 1847. General Sir Edward Sabine (1788-1883), physicist, soldier and explorer; astronomer to expeditions of John Ross (1818) and William Edward Parry in search of the Northwest Passage (1819-20). Sabine researched terrestrial magnetism. He was joint commissioner with Sir John Herschel acting with the French commission to determine the difference in longitude between Paris and Greenwich. John Gwyn Jeffreys (1809-1885), conchologist, author of British Conchology, 5 vols. 1862-69. Bookseller Inventory # 16632

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Book Description No address letterhead reads 'Memorandum from Michael Winner'. Dated 25 November, 1969. 1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and a little ruckled at edges. Winner's signature, in blue ink, is somewhat stylised. The document deals with eleven points raised at the meeting (which relates to a film project which was not realised), the first of which gives a feel of the tone: '1. We could do something in scene 305 with LEONARD who is not too full of character at this point. This applies also through that section to the end of scene 308. In this scene Leonard is a little too on-the-ball and decisive. He should be more concerned with JUANNA's feelings.' From the Jack Pulman papers. Bookseller Inventory # 18367

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Book Description [London]. Dec. 18, ., 1798. [1]p. manuscript letter on a quarto sheet. Old folds. Slightly later two- line note on verso. Two tiny holes in upper blank margin, not affecting text. Fine. An interesting letter from the great American- born artist, Benjamin West, regarding drawings and models created for British coins. Benjamin West (1738-1820) was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania, and studied art in America and Italy before moving to England permanently in 1763. West was a founder of the Royal Academy and its second president (following Sir Joshua Reynolds, and serving in that capacity from 1792 until his death), became "History Painter to the King" in 1772, and was commissioned by George III to execute some sixty paintings between 1768 and 1801. The text of the letter reads: "Sir, I take the first opportunity to make known to you that I am in town, and will (agreeable to the wishes expressed in your letter of the 13th instant) wait on the committee of Lords at their office tomorrow, with the committee of the Royal Academy at 12 o'clock, and lay before their Lordships the several drawings, and models, placed in my hands for that purpose, and for fashioning the future coinage. I have the honour to be, sir, your most obedient, and obliged Benj. West." Not much is known of Sir Stephen Cottrell, but he appears to have been a member of the British Board of Trade and also involved in British naval and commercial affairs, especially English fishing interests in Newfoundland, later in his life. Manuscript letters from Benjamin West are rare. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 37197

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Book Description [London, Eyre and Spottiswoode], 1880, 27th November + 1882 + 1885 (1): 8vo. Unbound. With a recent, discreete paper spine. A few smaller tears to extremities. 4 pp. + 1 plate (showing electric light bulbs].(2): 8vo. Original self-wrappers. Stitched at spine. Near mint.(3): 4 pages 8vo. Scarce original printed patent for the seminal invention that is the incandescent light bulb. Though usually erroneously ascribed to Thomas Edison, it was in fact Joseph Swan who invented the light bulb and ended the dark ages. - Here sold together with the extremely scarce offprint of Swan's 1882 speech on his seminal invention as well as a highly important and interesting autograph letter on the same subject, namely "the new filament or "Artificial Silk" as I have been calling it", in which Swan also confirms his priority in invention and warns against letting the withsent speciman fall into the hands of lamp makers. Swan first publicly demonstrated his incandescent carbon lamp at a lecture for the Newcastle upon Tyne Chemical Society on December 18th 1878. However, after burning with a bright light for some minutes in his laboratory, the lamp broke down due to excessive current. By 1879 Swan had solved the problem of incandescent electric lighting by means of a vacuum lamp and he publicly demonstrated a working lamp to a larger audience. He was not completely satisfied, however, as there were still some fundamental problems attached to it that would make it impossible to consider the invention completed. By 1880, however, he had finally reached perfection. The striking improvements consisted in the carbonised paper filaments being discarded in favour of "parchmentised" cotton thread. Finally, he deemed his milestone invention worthy of filing a patent, and on that memorable day of November 27th 1880, he was granted that most important British Patent No. 4933, "Electric Lamps", marking man's final conquest of darkness. "My invention relates to electric lamps in which is produced by passing an electric current through a conductor of carbon so as to render it incandescent, said carbon conductor being enclosed in an air tight and vacuous or partially vacuous glass vessel.It is well known that the practical efficiency of the kind of electric lamp above described has hitherto been impaired by the want of homogeneity and compactness in the carbon conductors, and by the imperfection of the contact betwixt it and the metallic conductors which convey the electric current to it. I have found that an exceedingly solid, homogenous, and elastic form of carbon, peculiarly adapted for the formation of arches, spirals, or other forms of conductor for electric lamps, can be produced from cotton thread which has been subjected to the action of sulpuric acid of such strength as to cause a similar kind of change to take place in the thread to that which takes place in the bibulous paper in the well known process of making vegetable parchment." (Lines 6-19 in the present patent).From the time of his patent, Swan began installing light bulbs in homes and landmarks in England. His house, Underhill on Kells Lane in Low Fell, Gateshead, was the world's first to have working light bulbs installed. In 1881 he founded his own company, The Swan Electric Light Company and began commercial production of his light bulb.The invention of the light bulb is a turning point in the history of mankind, like the wheel or the invention of the printing press. As McLuhan put it in his groundbreaking main work, "a light bulb creates an environment by its mere presence." (p. 8). It does not have content in itself, as e.g. a newspaper, but it is a medium with a social effect strong enough to change the way we think, act, and behave. A light bulb enables people to create spaces during nighttime that would otherwise be enveloped by darkness. Electric light is "pure information" - a medium without a message. "Whether the light is being used for brain surgery or night baseball is a matter of. Bookseller Inventory # 48292

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