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1 SUTCLIFFE, Andrea Steam : The Untold Story of America's First Great Invention. in dj.
Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2004, ISBN:1403962618 
SUTCLIFFE, Andrea. Steam : The Untold Story of America's First Great Invention. (New York) : Palgrave Macmillan, (2004). First Printing. Pp [i]-xiv,[1]-272,(2),+ 16 pp plates. Index. 8vo, cream paper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine. "In the summer of 1790, the world’s first commercial steamboat carried passengers between Philadelphia and Trenton. Its inventor was not Robert Fulton—he wouldn’t launch his steamboat on the Hudson for anotherseventeen years—but a silversmith from Connecticut named John Fitch. Three years earlier, Fitch built the first American steam engine compact and pow erful enough to propel a boat, which he mounted on an odd-looking oar-propelled vessel. Among the early witnesses to his efforts were members of the Constitutional Convention. Soon after, he and a rival steamboat inventor from Virginia began a bitter fight for patent rights. Their battle led to the first U.S. patent act, one of the first laws of the new republic. In the process, several Founding Fathers were dragged into the conflict, including Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin. Steam tells the two-decade saga of America’s first significant venture in technology, from Fitch to Fulton, and ofthe forgotten men whose perseverance helped move the young nation westward ." - from the dj. Very good in dustjacket. 20.00

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