BOYLE, Robert. A Sanitary Crusade through the East and Australasia. Reprinted from "The Building News," September 2nd, 9th & 16th, 1892. London and Glasgow, Robert Boyle & Son, Limited, 1892.
8vo. Original colour-illustrated boards (new backstrip), all edges gilt; pp. , 44, illustrated with plates and in the text; corners a little rubbed, withdrawn from the Free Library in Norwich, with usual stamps, initially a little spot to the gutter, otherwise a very good copy, printed on off-white card stock.
Very rare first edition of this highly illustrated summary of an inspection tour trying to assess the sanitary conditions and public health in Southeast Asia, including Malaya and Thailand, Oceania (one plate showing the preparation of a Cannibal feast), Australia and New Zealand.
Robert Boyle Senior, co-founder of an Industrial Museum in Glasgow, together with his son Robert, were the inventors of a superior passive air ventilation system in 1878. Lord Kelvin endorsed the invention which was widely used in public buildings. His judgement appeared in the company’s advertisements. 'I have seen several different forms of Mr. Boyle’s Air-Pump Ventilator in actual operation, and I have much pleasure in testifying to their efficiency' (a 1894 advertisement).
COPAC locates only three copies, at the National Library of Scotland, in Cambridge and in the British Library; not in the Wellcome.