London: Charles Griffin and Company, Limited, 1895.
Octavo (20 x cm.), vii, 51, 32 pages. Illustrated with one leaf of plates, one folded chart, and a color frontispiece. Publisher’s catalogue at end. FIRST EDITION. The author was chief engineer to the Scottish Boiler Insurance and Engine Inspection Company of Glasgow, and the author of a popular book on Steam Boilers. His attention was specially directed to the explosion of kitchen boilers by the unusual succession of such accidents that occurred in England and Scotland during January 1894. Thirty-eight explosions occurred during five days of cold weather, resulting in twelve deaths and in injuries to thirty-three persons (The Locomotive, March, 1894). Munro’s solution, a simple safety valve, was widely adopted in boiler applications well beyond the kitchen. A fine copy, in publisher’s pebbled burgundy cloth, gilt-titled on the front panel. Scarce. [OCLC locates three copies (none in the U.S.)].