A Practical Treatise on Electric Lighting. J. E. H. Gordon.
Electric Lighting in 1890!

A Practical Treatise on Electric Lighting

New York: D. Appleton and Company 1890. Later printing. [5], [vi]-xv, [1-list plates], [1]-228 pages. 8vo. Publisher's green cloth gilt. Minor soiling to the boards, wear to the head/tail spine panel. Glossy yellow endpapers. Ex-library "The Edward Caldwell Electrical Collection, Knox College, 1950" with associated red ink stamp on front flyleaf. A partially unopened copy. Very Good. Boards. [28711]


Printed by Gilbert and Rivington, Limited London. First printed in 1884, with no changes noted in this printing. The author notes in the preface that the book was in preparation for over two years previous to the initial publication.

"James Edward Henry Gordon (26 June 1852 – 3 February 1893) was a British electrical engineer, the son of James Alexander Gordon (1793-1872). He took his B.A. at Caius College, Cambridge in 1876.

Gordon designed large electrical machines, such as an early 350 kilowatt alternator, and wrote extensively on practical electrical problems such as lighting. In 1875, he published results of experiments on electrical constants done at the Cavendish Laboratory under the supervision of James Clerk Maxwell. In 1878 he was assistant secretary to the British Association. In 1879, he published "Electrostatic Induction" based on lectures and in 1880 released "Physical Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism." After 1882 he turned to consulting engineering and construction of central station power plants. He was manager of the electric lighting department at the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company in 1883. In 1884 he released "Practical Treatise on Electric Lighting." He was engineer for the Metropolitan Electric Supply Company in 1888-9, then in 1889 he started practice with W. J. Rivington, forming "J. E. H. Gordon and Company"." (wikipedia)

Literature:
Ekelof, Stig "Catalogue of Books and Papers in Electricity and Magnetism", Chalmers: 1991. (biographical information, pg 427)
Catalogue of the Wheeler Gift, #2355 "Besides technical, there is much general matter relating to the developmet and application of electric energy." (refering to the London 1884 edition)

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