The Davy Lamp

Inventing the Miners’ Safety Lamp

Frank James

The Davy Lamp

Frank James

Distributed for Unicorn Publishing Group

408 pages | 7 x 10 | © 2018
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9781907495595 Will Publish February 2019 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
In 1817, Sir Humphry Davy came up with an invention that, while perhaps seeming modest to our modern eyes, was revolutionary in its time: the Davy Lamp. Designed to be used by miners, who previously had struggled against both darkness and the dangers of asphyxiation and explosion, the Miners’ Safety Lamp brought about a dramatic improvement in the safety and working conditions of the countless men toiling in mines around the world throughout the nineteenth century, with its ever-growing need for natural resources to fuel industry. This book marks the bicentennial of the invention of the lamp through reproductions of Davy’s original manuscripts and notes for the invention, with the addition of expert commentary and images, and is published in association with the Royal Institute, where the archive of Sir Humphry Davy is held.
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