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Rare Science Books: Franklin, Benjamin; Two Papers from American Philosophical Society on the Franklin Stove and the Chimney. APS, vol. 2, 1786.

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Rare Science Books: Franklin, Benjamin; Two Papers from American Philosophical Society on the Franklin Stove and the Chimney. APS, vol. 2, 1786.

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Franklin, Benjamin; A Letter from Dr. B. Franklin to Dr. Ingenhausz, Physican to the Emperor, at Vienna. (On the Construction and Use of Chimneys). & Description of a New Stove for Burning Pitcoal, and Consuming all its Smoke. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 2, Philadelphia,. 1786. Quarto, pp. 1-36, 1 folded plate, 1 text figure, pp. 57-74, 1 folded plate, xxiii-xxviii, list of officers and members of the Society.

The two papers are extracts from volume 2 of the American Philosophical Society Transactions. The works are bound in marbled paper over stiff boards with a cloth spine. The binding is clean and in fine condition, the text is clean with only minor foxing to the plates. In very good condition.

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Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is remembered as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was also a noted polymath, leading author, printer, politician, postmaster, scientist and statesman.
It is his role of scientist that is found in his papers in the American Philosophical Society. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He facilitated many civic organizations, including a fire department and a university. He is remembered as the most accomplished and influential American of his time.?Franklin gained international renown as a scientist for his famous experiments in electricity and for his many inventions, especially the lightning rod and “franklin stove”. He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and was elected the first president of the American Philosophical Society. Franklin became a national hero in America when he spearheaded the effort to have Parliament repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations.?His invention of the heat-efficient stove - called the Franklin stove - helped keep homes warmer and also helped prevent fires. His chimney improvements helped prevent fires, removed smoke and reduced the amount of smoke in homes and businesses. Even though the stove was invented to help improve society, Franklin refused to take out a patent for it. Franklin never patented any of his inventions; in his autobiography he wrote, "... as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.

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