Philadelphia: The Franklin Institute, at their Hall, (1866-1879).
Fair. Periodical magazine. 27 Volumes. Octavos. Illustrated with engraved and lithographic plates and maps, many folding. A consecutive run of volumes 82-108 (July-December 1866, January-December 1879) of The Journal of The Franklin Institute, an important scientific journal established in 1826 to document scientific, engineering, and technological achievements throughout the nation, and to publish descriptions of American patented inventions. Ex-library set with bookplates or small ink stamps on the front pastedowns, most volumes in contemporary half morocco and marbled paper boards, six rebound in full beige linen cloth, and the first volume (v.82) is unbound with all six issues in the original printed wrappers. Many of the half morocco volumes have detached boards and scattered tears, else overall a good set. The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824 as a society committed to instruction in the applied sciences and dissemination of new technologies, and remained a prominent research institute in its first century, transforming into its current state as a major science museum during the 1930s. In its first incarnation, the Institute was home to numerous important public exhibitions of groundbreaking technology, including Nikola Tesla demonstrating wireless telegraphy in 1893 and Philo Taylor Farnsworth giving the world's first public display of an all-electronic television system in 1934.The Institute's journal was founded by Thomas P. Jones in 1826 under the title The Franklin Journal and American Mechanics' Magazine. Under Jones's 22 year editorship through 1847 it became the most important journal devoted to the development of inventive talent in the United States. Still in existence, it is the second oldest continuously published scientific journal in the country, and is now primarily devoted to applied mathematics.The scientific, mechanical, or practical advances made, patented, or greatly improved during the span of these issues include (in roughly chronological order) [XXXXX list of inventions XXXXXX]A nice early run of this important periodical, documenting in these issues major developments in the American Industrial Revolution.