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Scientific American - 39 Issues, 1861 and 1862

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Scientific American - 39 Issues, 1861 and 1862: Civil War Content

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This is a large, Civil War-era lot of 39 issues of "SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN" magazine ("A Journal of Practical Information in Art, Science, Mechanics, Agriculture, Chemistry, and Manufacturers) in very good condition. The issues date from 1861 to 1862 and feature terrific engravings and mechanical drawings. At the back of each issue is a "Patent Claims" section. Please see the photos - the front covers of all issues are shown. The lot contains an abundance of content related to the opening and early stages of the CIVIL WAR - here are a few examples: Civil War Inaugurated ("Reluctantly we recall the deplorable fact that civil war has actually broken out in our own country..."), Inventors in Seceding States, Arrival of Major Anderson and the Garrison of Fort Sumter, The War - The Struggle for the Capital, Purifying Water for Soldiers, The Reason for Secession, Army Beverages, Derrom's Improved Portable Camp Hut, Letter from a Southern Unionist, The Slaves and the War, Raising Money for the War, Soldier Health, The Battle of Bull Run, Malarious Camps, The New Army Ambulances, Sickness in the Secession Army - Is It Typhoid Fever?, A New Phase of the Negro Question, New Mode of Taking a Fort, New Side-Wheel War Steamers, Proposals for Iron-Clad Steam Vessels, Directions to Army Surgeons on the Field of Battle, Stockings and Blankets for the Soldiers, Gen. McClellan's War Horse "Handsome Dan," The English Rotten Army Blankets, The Rebellion Crushed in Missouri, How Our Soldiers Bear the Winter, Capture of Fort Henry, Our Iron-Clad River Boats in Battle, and much, much more.

The following 39 issues are included:
1861: January 19, 26; February 16; March 2, 9; April 27; May 4, 11, 18; June 1, 8, 15; July 6, 13, 20; August 10, 17, 24; September 7, 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 16, 23, 30; December 7 (NOTE: photo #4 shows the August 31, 1861 issue, though this issue is no longer included in the lot)

1862: January 4, 11, 18; February 1, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15

The issues are loaded with interesting content in a variety of fields - here are a few examples:
* Electricity and Some of Its Practical Applications
* Leslie's Improvements in Iron Ships
* Curing Ham
* Romance of the Steam Engine
* The "Original" Revolver - Colt's Patent
* Wortendyke's Improved Wicks for Candles
* American Naval Architecture
* Manufacture of Colors
* The Mechanical Employment of Women
* Winding Up a Steam Boat
* The Motions of the Fixed Stars
* Highly Important Discovery - Saltpeter and Nitric Acid
* Hair Dyes
* Stetson's Improved Skate
* Mechanical Horse Brake
* The Chemical History of a Candle
* Ice Cream Freezer
* Andersen's Improved Water Elevator
* Electrified Locomotives
* M'Ghan's Improvement in Water Closets
* Atmospheric Electricity
* Rodman's Improved Car Bumper
* Submarine War Vessels - Diving Apparatuses
* The Chinese Silkworm
* Exploding Rifle Bullets
* Captain John A. Dahlgren's Howitzer
* Ozone in the Atmosphere
* Terrible Disaster at an Oil Well
* Hill's Camp Cooking Aparatus
* New Blue Color
* Williams' Improved Portable Tent
* Mayall's Revolving Cannon
* Balloons in Warfare
* Clinton's Improved Beer Cooler
* The French Ambulance System
* Wesson's Breech-Loading Rifle
* How Bomb Shells Are Made
* Chase's School Desk and Seat
* The Mystery of Comets' Tails
* Quimby's Letter Box for Post Offices
* National Rifle Association - Prizes Offered
* Oxychloride of Zinc for Filling Teeth
* A Novel Sewing Machine
* Fire-Proof Buildings
* Improvements in Lighting Streets
* Smith's Washing Machine and Wringer
* Smith's Improved Bee Hive
* Ice Houses and Storing Ice
* Raising a Sunken Ship
* Salting Streets - The Science of the Question
* Gut Strings for Musical Instruments

Nice condition lot with mostly bright, clean pages. On each front cover, "605" is written in pencil at the top edge, "53 269" is stamped in ink at the top-right corner, and "Attleboro Public Library Joseph L. Sweet Memorial" is stamped in ink at the bottom other notable issues were found with this lot. Occasional small tears to outer edges. Overall in very good condition.


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Scientific American - 39 Issues, 1861 and 1862
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Used - Very Good
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1861, 1862
scientific american, science, scientists, inventors, invention, civil war, old vintage antique newspapers magazines, mechanics, blueprints, mechanical drawings,
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Magazines; War / Military;

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