Steam-powered mine engine, 1778

Steam-powered mine engine, 1778

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Caption: Steam-powered mine engine. 18th-century illustration of a mining engine powered by steam. Engines such as this were used to pump water out of mines to prevent them from flooding. Artwork from 'Mineralogia Cornubiensis: A Treatise on Minerals, Mines and Mining' (1778) by British antiquary William Pryce (c.1735-1790). This work was a history of mining in Cornwall. The dedication is to John Price of Penzance, who was high sheriff for the county of Cornwall in 1774.

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