Holmes, J H H A Treatise on the Coal Mines of Durham and Northumberland; with Information Relative to the Stratification of the Two Counties
Publisher: Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy, London;
Date of Publication: 1816
Stock Code: 5815
FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp xxii, , 259,  catalogue, 32 further catalogue. 7 engraved plates as called for, including map and frontis of Harrington Mill Pit. Later buff cloth with gilt titles to spine; marbled endpapers; all edges sprinkled brown. Binding Near Fine. Some offsetting and scattered foxing mainly to plates and adjacent leaves, otherwise a clean tight copy. No annotation or inscriptions.
Detailed examination of the mining industry, with particular reference to the many disasters caused by the explosion of flammable gases which could be improved with ventilation of the workings. Sadly, such disasters continued to plague the industry for decades, until legislation was passed requiring the inspection of the collieries and various health and safety regulations were introduced. This work also examines the various new safety lamps, the use of which considerably lessened the likelihood of explosions in the workings. Scarce.