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by Henry Davey


Paperback booklet
60 pages, 215mm x 140mm
ISBN: 978 1916 178939
Publication date: October 2021

Price: £6.00


This 60-page booklet, including 16 pages of plates, is a reprint of the excerpt from the minutes of the proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, first published in October 1903.

This edition was commissioned by Steve Grudgings and issued, with the permission of the Institute, in conjunction with the Second International Early Engines Conference, held at the Black Country Living Museum 8-10 October 2021. 

Published in the Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Davey provided the first cohesive account of the development of the Newcomen engine and, while additional detail has been published subsequently, his work remains relevant and useful today. 

Davey recognised that he was not the exclusive expert on the subject and astutely sought the inputs of others on particular engines and these were written by individuals, the names of whom will be familiar to industrial archaeologists and historians.