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Bangerter’s Inventions His Marvelous Time Clock

This vintage book contains a detailed description of a clock allegedly powered by perpetual motion, complete with diagrams, explanations, and photographs. Although true perpetual motion is still considered impossible, this volume will appeal to those with an interest in the various historical attempts to bring the concept to fruition. Contents include: "Dream of Ages Realised", "Perpetual Force", "A Practical Invention", "A Truly Wonderful Invention", "What Does Perpetual Motion Mean?", "Napoleon's Fatal Error", "Flying Machines Everywhere", "America! Land of Opportunities", "Stimulus to Inventive Genius", "Perpetual Motion, the Study of Ages", "When Nature is Ready", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on the history of clocks and watches. First published in 1911.

British Airships – Past, Present and Future

This antiquarian volume contains a fascinating discussion of airships, dealing with those of the past, present, and future. Full of interesting information on the airship's history, development, design, and manufacture, this book will appeal to those with a keen interest in aviation and its history, and it would make for a wonderful addition to any collection. The chapters of this book include: 'Airship Design', 'Handling and Flying of Airships', 'Housing Accommodation For Airships', 'Early Airships and their Development to the Present Day', 'France', 'Germany', 'Italy', 'British Airships Built by Private Firms', 'Partridge's Airship', 'Hugh Belle's Airship', et cetera. We are republishing this antiquarian book now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Company “A” Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., 1846-1848, in the Mexican War

This important memoir illuminates life within the Regular Army of the antebellum years. The U.S. Company of Sappers, Miners, and Pontooniers, which Congress authorized on May 13, 1846, quickly became one of the army's elite units. During the Mexico City campaign, Company A played a significant role in scouting, building fortifications, and setting artillery batteries. Gustavus Woodson Smith, the unit commander and author of the text, describes the training and discipline of the enlisted soldiers. His commentary also provides interesting insights into the early careers of future Civil War generals - Lee. Beauregard, Pemberton, and McClellan. The narrative is also a striking testament to the impact of West Point-trained officers on the course of the war and to the effectiveness of Winfield Scott's army.

Flying MacHines Today

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Flying MacHines: Construction and Operation

Thomas Herbert Russell (1862-1947) was an American author and Charter Member of the Aero Club of Illinois. His works include: Automobile Driving Self-Taught (1909), Automobile Motors and Mechanism (1909), Ignition, Timing and Valve Setting (1909), Flying Machines (with Octave Chanute & William James Jackman) (1910), Canadian Commercial Law and Legal Forms (with William James Jackman) (1910), Salesmanship: Theory and Practice (1910), Commercial Law and Legal Forms (with William James Jackman) (1910), Advertising Methods and Mediums (1910). Octave Chanute (1832-1910) was a French-born American railroad engineer and aviation pioneer. He provided the Wright brothers with help and advice, and helped to publicize their flying experiments. He designed and built the Hannibal Bridge which was the first bridge to cross the Missouri River in Kansas City, Missouri in 1869. He published this as a series of articles first published in The Railroad and Engineering Journal from 1891 to 1893, and collected together in Progress in Flying Machine in 1894. This was the first organised, written collection of aviation research.

Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, With Observations on Their Habits, The

Difficult to obtain in its original print this classic work on ecology is a fascinating read for anybody with a passion for systems in the natural world. Originally published in 1896. Contents include; Habits of Worms, The amount of fine earth bought up by worms to the surface, The part which worms have played in the burial of Ancient Buildings, The action of worms in the Denudation of the Land, The Denudation of the Land and Conclusion... Introduction: The share which worms have taken in the formation of the layer of vegetable mould, which covers the whole surface of the land in every moderately humid country, is the subject of the present volume..... Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Manual of Taxidermy – a Complete Guide in Collecting and Preserving Birds and Mammals

This vintage book contains a complete guide to taxidermy, with information on skinning, stuffing, mounting, and preserving a variety of mammals and birds. Written in simple, pain language and profusely illustrated, this timeless handbook is ideal for the novice and would make for a valuable addition to collections of allied literature. Contents include: "Collecting", "Trapping, etc.", "Shooting", "Procuring Birds", "Care of Specimens", "Skinning Birds", "Ordinary Method", "Exceptions to the usual Method of Skinning", "Ascertaining the Sex of Birds", "Preserving Skins", "Other Methods of Preserving Skins", "Cleaning Feathers", "Making Skins of Long-necked Birds", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on taxidermy.

Mastery of the Air

According to the Preface: "This book makes no pretence of going minutely into the technical and scientific sides of human flight: rather does it deal mainly with the real achievements of pioneers who have helped to make aviation what it is to-day." According to Wikipedia: "William Gordon Claxton DSO, DFC & Bar (June 1, 1899?September 28, 1967) was a Canadian World War I flying ace credited with 37 victories. He became the leading ace in his squadron."

Modern American Drinks – How to Mix and Serve All Kinds of Cups and Drinks

This vintage book contains a collection of recipes for making a variety of interesting beverages, with clear and practical directions for mixing all kinds of cocktails, sours, egg nog, sherry cobblers, coolers, absinthe, crustas, fizzes, flips, juleps, fixes, punches, lemonades, and more. This volume is ideal for adventurous hosts, and would make for a worthy addition to any kitchen collection. Contents include: "Absinthe", "Absinthe, American Style of Mixing", "Absinthe, French Style", "Absinthe, Italian Style", "Absinthe Cocktail", "Ale Saugaree", "Almaranth Cocktail", "American Pousse Cafe", "Apple Jack Cocktail", "Apple Jack Fix", "Apple Jack Sour", "Apple Toddy", "Arrack Punch", and much more. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on cocktail and beverage making.

The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America

The bark canoes of the North American Indians, particularly those of birchbark, were among the most highly developed manually propelled primitive watercraft. They could be used to carry heavy loads in shallow streams but were light enough to be hauled long distances over land. Built with Stone Age tools from available materials, their design, size, and appearance were varied to suit the many requirements of their users. Upon arrival in North America, European settlers began using the native-made craft for traveling through the wilderness. Even today, canoes are based on these ancient designs. This fascinating guide combines historical background with instructions for constructing one. Author Edwin Tappan Adney, born in 1868, devoted his life to studying canoes and was practically the sole scholar in his field. His papers and research have been assembled by a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, and illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, diagrams, and photos.Included here are measurements, detailed drawings, construction methods, and models. The book covers canoes from Newfoundland to the Pacific Ocean, as well as umiaks and kayaks from the Arctic.

The Bomb: The 1945 Test of the First Atomic Bomb

These two publications put out by the U.S. government are about the Trinity site in New Mexico where in 1945 the first atomic bomb was tested. Each publication (about 1984 and about 1995) complements the other, though there is some duplication. These are descriptions of the test itself and of the planning and organization leading up to the test. They also tell what was done with the site after the test and how it became a national historic landmark. - Summary by david wales

The Principles of Leather Manufacture

This vintage book contains a comprehensive treatise on the manufacture of leather, with details on deliming, depilation, the chemical qualities of skins and hides, puering, bating, drenching, and much more. Although old, much of the information contained within this book is timeless and will be of considerable utility to the modern reader with an interest in tanning. Contents include: "Introductory Sketch of Leather Manufacture", "The Living Cell", "Putrefaction and Fermentation", "Antiseptics and Disinfectants", "The Origin and Curing of Hides and Skins", "Structure and Growth of Skin", "The Chemical Constituents of Skin", "The Physical Chemistry of the Hide-Fibre", et cetera. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction. First published in 1903.

The Rocket, Or, the Story of the Stephensons, Father and Son

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.