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Literature Of Manufactured Gas  -  Table #1  -  Technical Books

The following is the first of two tables presenting Professor Hatheway's selection of valuable Technical Books (below) and individual
Technical Papers
(second table) containing information that is directly useful in dealing with today's hazardous waste threat from FMGPs.
 

Classic Technical Books of the Manufactured-Gas Literature

Author & Dates

Content

Publisher

Remarks

Accum, Fredrich
Christian
1815-1820

“Practical Treatise
on Gas Light”

R. Ackerman, London
as well as others,
with time

Winsor’s German gas chemist at London; largely responsible for success of London Gas Light & Coke Co.

American Gas Institute
(AGI)
1909

1912



1912



1915

 



- “Catechism of Central
   Station Gas Engineering”
- “Lectures Delivered at the
   Centenary Celebration of
   the First Commercial Gas
   Company …”
- “Chronology of the early
   development of gas
    lighting”

- “Oil tar separation,
   recovery   and disposal”
 

AGI, New YorK City, NY












 



- Separate articles from
  American Gas Journal

  Published as book, 174 p.



- W.R. Morgan,
   Gas Institute News


- Proceedings
, 9th Annual
   Meeting,  by R.E. Wyant,
    p. 313-339

Butterfield, W.J.A.,
1913

“Lectures on Chemistry in
Gas-Works”

The Institute of Chemistry of Great Britain & Ireland

71 p.

Chandler, C.F.,
1870

“Report on the Gas
Nuisance in New
York”

D. Appleton & Co.,
NYC, NY

109 p.

Clegg, Samuel, and
Samuel Jr.
Published 1841-1871

Mainly a series of
editions of highly-
regarded manual of
gas operations.

J. Weale, London;
later Trubner & Co., London

Clegg was Murdock’s chief
assistant; Became of
worldwide prominence and
passed his practice to his son.

Colyear, F.,
1884

“Gas-Works; Their
Arrangement,
Construction, Plant,
and Machinery”

E. F. N. Spon,
London

134 p

Cooper, Thomas,
1816

“Some Information
Concerning Gas
Lights “

John Conrad & Co.,
Philadelphia

190 p. , 2 leaves of plates

Davidson, William
Brown,
1923

“Gas Manufacture “

Longmans, Green and
Co., London and NYC

Contains chapters on Retorts and Retort Settings, by T. Brocke, Gas Holders, by G.B. Brown, and Gas Distribution, by E.L. Oughton  viii plus 464 p.

EBASCO Services
Incorporated
1949

“Manufactured Gas Operations “

The Company,
NYC, NY

vi, plus 115 p.

Ellis, Daniel,  1828

“Considerations Relative to Nuisance in Coal- Gas Works; Establishments “

J. Anderson, Edinburgh, Scotland, 71 p.

“With Remarks on the Principles of Monopoly and Competition as Applicable to Those Establishments”

Forstall, Alfred E., and I.C.S.* Staff,  1938,

“Gas Making and Distribution“

International Textbook Co.,
Scranton, PA

* International Correspondence School

Author was Consulting Engineer: 
v. 1: Gas Production: Gases and Gas-Producing Apparatus, p. 1-78. 
v. 2; Gas Transmission, Distribution, and Supply:
Gas Transmission and Distribution, p. 1-62.
Gas Supply, p. 1-78.

Greenough, Charles P.,
1883

“A Digest of the Reported Decisions of the Courts of the United States of America, and Great Britain and Her Colonies;”

Little, Brown,  Boston

“Relating to the Rights and Liabilities of Gas Companies “  307 p.

Greenough, M.S., 1892

“Lighting by Gas”

Bacon & Co.,
Birmingham, CT

184 p.; Greenoughs were sons of Boston, Massachusetts gas magnate Wm. Greenough

Harrop, H.B., MD, 1906

“Outline of  Gasworks Chemistry “(American Practice)

Wisconsin Gas Association, Racine, WI, 154 p.

As read at 1904, 1905, 1906 Meetings of the Wisconsin Gas Association

Herring, Walter Ralph, 1893

“The Construction of Gas Works Practically Described”; 2nd ed.

Hazell, Watson & Viney,  London

458 p., 9 plates.

Hole, Walter 1909 - 1912

“The Distribution of Gas”

John Allan & Co., London

Superintendent of City of Leeds Gas Mains and Distribution, England

Hollings, H., ed., 1934

“The Manufacture of Gas”

Ernest Benn, London

In three Volumes

Holmes, W.C., & Company, Huddersfield,
England,

1874

“Instructions for the Management of Gas Works”

E. & F.N. Spon,
London and Spon &
Chamberlain, New
York City

148 p.

Hornby, John,
pre-1890-1913

“A Text-Book of Gas
Manufacture for
Students “

G. Bell   & Sons, Ltd.,
London

Through at least seven editions

Hughes, Samuel,
1853- ca. 1895

“A Treatise on Gas
Works and the
Practice of
Manufacturing and
Distributing Coal
Gas “

John Weale, London

Through at least eight
editions

Humphreys, Norton H., 1891

“The Chemistry of
Illuminating Gas”

Walter King, London

255 p, Leaf of 10 plates. (Mainly articles written for Journal of Gas Lighting”).

Hunt, Charles,
1907

“A History of the
Introduction of Gas
Lighting”

W. King, London

150 p.

International Correspondence School, (ICS)    1910

“Manufacture of
Gas”, 2nd ed.

Scranton,
Pennsylvania

Pt. 1, Manufacture of Gas,
62 p.
Pt. 2, Manufacture of Gas,
54 p.
Pt. 3, By-Products of Gas
Manufacture, 46 p.

King, Walter,
1868-1948,
As a Gas-Industry
Publishing Entity

“King’s Treatise on
Goal Gas”

“Handbook for Gas
Engineers & Managers”

Many editions and
many volumes;
London

Created a prolific gas-
technology publishing house; also publisher of Journal of Gas Lighting
(est. 1849 as world's first gas journal.)

Lange, Kurt Reinhold,
1915

“The By-Products of
Coal-Gas
Manufacture”

Scott, Greenwood &
Son, London, 155 p.

Translated from the German;
Long span of editions

Latta, Marion Nisbet-
1907-1915

“Hand-Book of
American Gas
Engineering Practice”
“American Producer
Gas Practice”

D. van Nostrand,
NYC, NY

Consulting Engineer,
NYC, NY

Levin, A.M.,
1910

“The Modern Gas-Engine & The Gas
Producer”

John Wiley &
 Sons, NYC, NY,
485 p.; 1st ed.

Author was Consulting
Engineer

Lewes, Vivian B.,
1917

“The Carbonization
of Coal”

John Allan & Co.,
London, 315 p.

Professor, Royal Naval
College, Greenwich, London

Lunge, George,
1887-1916; many  editions

“Coal-Tar and
Ammonia”

Gurney & Jackson,
London;
Van Nostrand in U.S.

Professor, Swiss Federal
Polytechlnicum, Zurich

Mathot, R.E.,
1905

“Gas-Engines &
Producer-Gas Plants”

The Scientific
American, NYC, NY

Translated from the French,
314 p.

Matthews, William,
1827

“A Compendium of
Gas-Lighting”
“An Historical
Sketch of the Origin
… of Gas-Lighting”

R. Hunter, London

 
Two volumes, 134 p. and
434 p., respectively

Meade, Alwyne,
1916, 1921, 1934

“Modern Gas
Works Practice”

Benn Brothers ,
London; UGI in U.S.

To two volumes in 1934;
1921 also published by United Gas Improvement Co. (UGI),  Philadelphia

“Mentor”
(Pseudonym); ca. 1910

“Self-Instruction for
Students in Gas
Engineering ….”

Offices of The Gas
World; London

For “Guilds of the London
Institute”; various undated
editions.

Michael, W.H., and
J. Shiress Will,
1877 through 1946

“The Law Relating
to Gas & Water ….”

Butterworths,
London

Many editions; 1877 is 2nd ed., at 771 p.

Mooney, William,
1888

“The American Gas
Engineer &
Superintendent’s
Handbook”

Published by the
author, NYC, NY

357 p.

Morgan, Jerome John, ca. 1925-1953

“Manufactured Gas; A Textbook of
American Practice”
“Gasification of
Hydrocarbons:

1925; First edition
published by the
author
1953; Moore Publ. Co.,
NYC, NY

Chemical Engr. & Professor
of Gas Engineering at
Columbia University, NYC,
Dean of American Gas
Engineers in 1950s

Newbigging, T.
1870-1913

“Gas Managers
Handbook ….”

W. King, London

172 p.

Newbigging, T., and
Fewtreil, Wm.
1878-1913

“King’s Treatise on
the Science &
Practice of the
Manufacture &
Distribution of Gas”

W. King, and the
Offices of The Gas
World, London

Many editions;
Newbigging lived until 1914

Norman, Oscar Edward.
1922

“The Romance of
the Gas Industry”

A.C. McClurg & Co.,
Chicago, 203 p.

Author was with Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co., Chicago

O’Connor, H.,
1901

“The Gas Engineer’s
Pocket-Book….”

2nd ed., Crosby & Son,
London, 454 p.

Author lived 1858-1915

Ohio River Valley Water
Sanitation Commission,
1953

“Reducing Phenol
Wastes from Coke
Plants….”

The Commission,
Cincinnati, Ohio

36 p.

Peckston, Thomas
Snowden,
1819-1841

“Theory & Practice
of Gas Lighting”

Thomas & George
Underwood, London

Early Gas Engineer at London; several editions

Pelouze, Edmond and
Pelouze, M., 1839

“Die Beeuchtung mit Gas aus Stein und Brunkolen, Torf, Oel, Fett, Mineralichten und Gegetabilifchen

Chemnitz, Sachen,
Germany

402 p., with 18 plates
Authors were the famous
inventors involved in the
Pelouze & Aduoin tar
separator device

Rambush, N.E.,
1923

“Modern Gas
Producers”

Benn Brothers,
London

545 p.

Richardson, William,
1877

“A Practical Treatise on the Manufacture and Distribution of Coal Gas”

E. & F. Spon, London
& NYC, NY

364 p.

Roberts, J.,
1927

“Coal Carbonization ….”

Sir Isaac Pitman &
Sons, Ltd., London

406 p.

Royale, H.M.,
1907

“The Chemistry of
gas manufacture...”

N.W. Henley Publ.
Co., NYC, NY

Also Crosby Lockwood & Son, London, 328 p.

Russell, Walter R.

Operation of Gas
Works, 1917

McGraw-Hill,
NYC, NY

General Manager, Emporia
Gas Works, Emporia, KS

Rutter, J. O. N.,
1832 & 1849

“Practical Observations on
Gas Lighting”, 1832
“Gas-Lighting”,
1849

Longmans & Co.,
London
 
J.W. Parker, London

Unpaginated
 
63 p.

Saward, F. E.,
1878

“American Gas
Making; ….”

Bedell & Brothers,
NYC

Unknown pages

Staley, Ralph,
1922

“Town Gas
Manufacture; ….”

Sir Issac Pitman &
Sons, Inc.

108 p.

Stephenson, Joseph,
1916

“Elements of Water
Gas; ….” 1st ed.

The State Company,
Columbia, SC

190 p.

Stotz, Louis, with
Jamison, A., 1938

“History of the Gas
Industry”

Stetiner Brothers,
NYC, NY

534 p.

Sugg, William T.,
1867

“Gas Manipulation”

Unknown London
Publisher

Unknown pages

Taylor, G.,
1848

“On Gas Works ….”

Longmans, London

24 p.

Terrace, John,
1948

“Terrace’s Notebook
for Gas Engineers
& Students”

Ernest Benn, Ltd.,
London

968 p.

Tinkler, C.K., and
Challenger, F.,
1915

“The Chemistry of
Petroleum and Its
Substitutes”

Crosby Lockwood,
London

352 p.; Has two chapters
dealing with coal tar

United Coke & Gas Co.,
1905 and 1906

“Production of
Illuminating Gas
from Coke Ovens”
 
“A Short Treatise
on the Destructive
Distillation of
Bituminous Coal”

The Company,
NYC, NY

1905, 16 p.
 
 
 
1906, p. 146 p.

United Engineers &
Constructors,  1920

“A Manual of Gas
Distribution”

The Company,  NYC, NY
(UGI subsidiary)

By W. F. Forstall, noted
Gas Engineer    968 p.

United Gas Improvement
Company (U.G.I.)
various dates

“Analysis Report
upon the Granger
Water-Gas”
“Illuminating Water-Gas ….”
“Water-Gas….”
“Water-Gas in The
United States
“The Lowe Water-
Gas Apparatus
“Carburetted Water Gas”
“The Gas Works Book”

1885
 

ca. 1890

ca. 1890
ca. 1890
 
1890, 29 p.


1911

1917

The Company,
Philadelphia, PA

UGI formed Sep 1882;
disbanded 1942 by order of U.S. Government

University of California,
Berkeley,
1917

“Lectures Delivered
by Edward C. Jones”

University of
California

Printed and bound course
notes for Gas Engineering

U.S. Bureau of Mines,
1923

“Water-Gas Tar
Emulsions”

Technical Paper
no. 304, by
Wm. W. Odell

51 p.

U.S. Geological Survey,
1909

“Recent
Development of
the Producer-Gas
Power Plant ….”

Bulletin no,. 416, by
Robert H. Fernald

82 p.

U.S. National Museum
(Smithsonian Institution),
1923

“Manufactured Gas
in the Home”

Bull. no. 102, part 8,
by Samuel S. Wyer

24 p.
Author was Consulting Gas Engineer, of Columbus, Ohio

U.S. National Research
Council ,
1945, 1963 & 1981

“Chemistry of Coal
Utilization”

- 1945, H.H. Lowry, ed.,
  1868 p.

- 1963; Supplementary
   Volume, H.H. Lowry,
   ed., 1142 p.
- 1981, 2nd Suppl. vol.,
   M.A. Elliott, ed., 2374 p.

All editions have some
manufactured gas coverage

Wagner, Frederick H.,
1914, 1918

“Coal Gas
Residuals”

1st ed., McGraw-Hill
Book Co., NYC, NY
1918, 2nd ed.

179 p.; then 244 p.
Author was Chief Engineer,
Bartlett Hayward Co.,
Baltimore, MD

Wanklyn, J.A.,
1886

“The Gas Engineer’s
Chemical Manual”

Scientific Publ. Co.,
London

92 p.
Author lived 1834-1906

Warnes, Arthur R.,
1918

“Coal Tar
Distillation”

2nd ed., Van
Nostrand, NYC, NY,

302 p.

Webber, William
Hosgood Young,
1907

“Town Gas and Its
Uses….”

D. Van Nostrand,
NYC, NY

275 p.
Author was with Gas Light & Coke Company of London

Wehrle, George,
1919

“American Gas Works Practice”

Progressive Age Publ. Co., NYC, NY

Author was with Colorado Springs Gas Co., Colorado

Western Gas Association,
1903

“All American Gas
Wrinkles”

Published jointly
 with Pacific Coast
Gas Association

Western Gas Association  was at Chicago, Illinois
339 p.

Weyman, G.,
1922

“Modern Gas Works
Chemistry”

Benn Brothers,
London

184 p.

Wigginton, R.,
1929

“Coal Carbonization”

1st ed., Billiere,
Tindall & Cox,
London

287 p. Author was at
Univ.
of Sheffield, UK

Winsor, Frederick A.,
1804

“The Superiority of
the New Patent
Coke over the Use
of Coals”

Richardson, Royal
Exchange, London

Unk. p.

Wyer, Samuel S.

"A Treatise on Producer Gas and Gas Producers”
“A Catechism on Producer Gas”
“Manufactured Gas
in the Home”

- McGraw Publishers, 1906,
    296p.;1907, 308p

- 1906, McGraw, NYC  42 p.

- Smithsonian Inst.  1923
 

Consulting gas engineer, and gas plant valuation engineer, mainly from Columbus, OH

Compiled by the author; Arbitrary selections made from the author’s 650-page proprietary bibliography of the manufactured gas industry;
Note that first column dates do not reflect the lifetime of the author, rather the instance of specific works or general years of most active writing.

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