Photo of Art Of Pyrotechny by BROWNE, W.H.


Art Of Pyrotechny

London, “The Bazaar” Office, 170, Strand, W.C.,

Book sold

8vo. Publisher’s original gilt-lettered and gilt-blocked claret cloth-covered boards; 148pp., pagination includes title-page and frontispiece, 170 drawings and diagrams within the text; 32pp. publisher’s handsomely illustrated catalogue (dated 1885) bound in at the rear of the volume; some mottling and marking to the boards, slight fading to the spine and gilt-lettering, although still bright and distinct, slight bumping to the corners and extreme ends of the spine, the contents clean, and tightly bound. An attractive copy of this scarce, classic work on the subject, by the acknowledged master of the art in England at this time.

Contents: Chapter I. Rockets; II. Roman Candles; III. Gerbs And Jets Of Chinese Sparkling And Brilliant Fires; IV. Wheel Cases And Small Wheels; V. Case Colours For Wheels; VI. Brilliant White And Coloured Bengal Fires; VII.Lances And Lace Work; VIII. Saxons, Plain, Brilliant, And Illuminated; IX. Mines Of Crackers, Serpents, And Stars; X. Tourbillions, Plain, And Brilliant; XI. Shells And The Mortars From Which They Are Fired; XII. Compound Fireworks And Set Pieces.

Dr. William Henry Browne is described by Chris Philip as ‘the best of the English pyrotechnists writing during the 1870-1890 period. Philip also notes that the inside rear cover of Browne’s Minor Fireworks published in 1878, states Browne was an ‘Analytical, Consulting, & Pyrotechnic Chemist from Aldborough, Hull, and that he had well-equipped laboratories to carry out ‘Investigation of Explosive Compounds’ as well as the preparation of chemicals. He also gave ‘Private lessons at pupils own residences when required, with the personal superintendence of their Displays’.’

The present title is one of two versions, the first was published from 32 Wellington Street and the second from 170 Strand, London. Both issues appear identical, including, as Philip notes, misprints, although the type size is larger on the plates of the second issue.

Philip B250.2

Chris Philip. A Bibliography of Firework Books. Winchester, St. Paul’s Bibliographies, 1985.

Stock number: 1238