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Gibson, Charles R. | Our Good Slave Electricity

  • A later printing dating from the 1920s, in a fantastic example of the rare dust jacket. Originally published in 1915.

    This volume on electricity was described by The Nation as an "exquisitely clear book for childish beginners". It was written by science populariser Charles R. Gibson, best known for his "Romance of Modern..." series on various subjects in engineering and technology. Gibson himself was described as "Among writers for boys on science, easily the most skillful... He writes so clearly, simply and charmingly about the most difficult things that his books are quite as entertaining as any ordinary book of adventure. Mr. Gibson has a first-rate scientific mind and considerable scientific attainments. He is never guilty of an inexact phrase, certainly, never an obscure one or a misleading analogy. We could imagine him having a vogue among our young folk comparable with that of Jules Verne" (The Nation).

  • ...An Interestingly Written Description of Electricity & the Many Uses to Which It is Put, Told in Simple Language. With 23 Illustrations. London: Seeley, Service & Co., Limited, [c. 1920s].

    Octavo. Original green cloth elaborately blocked in red, black, and gilt. Frontispiece and 7 plates from photographs, 15 engravings within the text. An excellent copy, the cloth and contents bright and fresh. In the jacket that is just a little rubbed and toned with some small chips from the corners and some creasing and short splits at the ends of the spine panel.