Pettibone's Economy of Fuel; or, Description of his Improvements of the Rarefying Air-Stoves ... Or Common Fire Places ... for Warming and Ventilating Hospitals, Churches ... &c. With or Without the Application of Steam ...
Philadelphia: Dickinson for the Author, 1812. 8vo. 62, pp. Some foxing, mild staining to first few leaves.
Second edition, a more detailed account of Daniel Pettibone's research into the improvement of artificial heat, including the application of steam.
Pettibone was a skilled metal worker, sword and gunsmith, and amateur inventor who called himself a "mechanician." He invented the warm-air furnace, which he called a "rarefying air-stove," the first successful central heating system in the United States. A self-aggrandizing selection of research, with a fair bit on how his inventions improve upon those of Franklin, and including commendatory quotations from a variety of notable sources. Also includes one small woodcut illustration on p.45, picturing a Pettibone invention.
Rink 2903; Shaw & Shoemaker 26439.