Title: A Voyage from Leith to Lapland, or, Pictures...
Publisher: London : Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street
Publication Date: 1852
Book Condition: Very Good
12mo, bound in original publishers blindstamped green cloth glit. Original yellow endpapers with armorial bookplate of Charles V. Walker. Dedicated to Hurton's friend Hans Christian Andersen, author of Fairy Tales. This is the revised and corrected 2nd edition, published a year after the 1st. The book measures 13.5cm by 20.5cm. The contents are complete, meeting collation: , ii, 344pp. Condition: The binding is holding firmly and is in good condition, with some general wear to surface / extremities from handling, slight lean toward upper board, sunning to spine with some nicks/fraying to hinges and ends, corners bumped. Textblock firm and contents in good clean condition, some light toning and spotting. Period ink ownership to title, and bookplate to front pastedown of Charles Vincent Walker FRS (20 March 1812 24 December 1882), an English electrical engineer and publisher, a major influence on the development of railway telecommunications, he was also the first person to send a submarine telegraph signal. Walker had been Telegraph Engineer to the South Eastern Railway since 1845, and was one of the oldest telegraph engineers in the country. He was the inventor of instruments by which the block system on railways is worked. On 16 September 1852, an electric clock at London Bridge Station was erected, and connected by wire with an electric clock at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich. The first time-signal sent from the Royal Observatory was received at London Bridge Station at 4 p.m. on 5 August 1852; and on 9 August 1852, Dover received a time-signal for the first time from the Royal Observatory direct. After that the system rapidly spread, its success depending greatly on the scientific skill and zeal of Mr. Walker. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1855, and he was a late President of the Meteorological Society, and of the Society of Telegraph Engineers. He was elected a Fellow of the Society on 8 January 1858. Bookseller Inventory # 4208