London: E. & F. N. Spon 1884. 172 pages. 5 x 7 1/2 inches. Publisher's red cloth gilt. Corners bumped, spine faded. Hinges strengthened with archival tissue repair. Good. Cloth. 
A very early treatise on the use of the Electric Light as a "possible means of general illumination." Edison applied for a patent for the carbon filament light bulb in 1879 but didn't market the invention until 1880. By the time this treatise was written, there were a number of competing systems for both base styles, overall system design, and many improvements occuring as the new approach developed proponents and the older gas lighting systems began to be challenged. Among other things, proponents had to deal with the real challenge of electric storage and/or generation at night.
"The aim of the following pages is to explain in simple language the principles involved in the production fo the light, and to afford information as to the construction and working of the apparatus employed for this purpose without preference for any particular machine, lamp, or system." (preface)
The second edition adds a chapter on Secondary Generators as well as advancements made in the preceding 7 months (the first edition was published around May 1883).