Dunn, Matthias. A Treatise on the Winning and Working of Collieries [with] How to Prevent Accidents in Collieries.
Publisher: The Author & Messrs Dodsworth, Newcastle upon Tyne;
Date of Publication: 1852
Stock Code: 5812
SECOND EDITION. Octavo, pp xii, 391, ; 23. 13 plates as called for, including fold-out frontispiece, plus diagrams etc in text. Full polished calf with gilt titles and decoration to spine and blind tooled border to boards. Covers lightly scuffed, rubbed to edges with wear at corners. Scattered foxing, mainly to endpapers, and leaves a little toned. Frontis misfolded. A Very Good copy.
In 1850 the Coal Mines Inspection Act appointed inspectors reporting to the Home Office in an attempt to prevent explosions and accidents in the hazardous colliery industry and Dunn’s works reflect the contemporary concerns on the subect. Dunn was the inspector for the North of England including Northumberland and Durham and for Scotland; his own experiences at Hebburn Colliery, where 75 miners died in a flooded mine in 1815, meant that safety was one of his priorities. Scarce.