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The legend of the lighter

The legend of the lighter


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Code article: 5220

 

192 pages
150 color photos
Hard cover with dust jacket
29,50 x 24,50 cm
English

One of the foundations of civilization as we know it is the ability to make and transport fire. Ever since our cave-dwelling ancestors rubbed sticks and stones together, humankind has pursued a quest for an efficient and reliable fire-making device - a quest that has inspired some of the most innovative inventions in history. "The Legend of the Lighter" traces this fascinating journey from the fire steels of the ancient world to the tinderboxes of the seventeenth century up to the modern cigarette lighter, which is featured here in an astonishing variety of designs. The scientific and technical advances that gave birth to models such as the gasoline, battery, electric, and butane gas lighters are described in rich and informative detail. Nearly every imaginable form that lighters have taken over the years, from pistols to pens, is both documented and beautifully illustrated. The engaging and authoritative text also places the development of the lighter within a clear historical context; the authors make an enlightening case that the story of the lighter both embodies and reflects the progress of modern civilization. Drawn from the unparalleled collection of the Dutch Lighter Museum Foundation, the numerous unique, distinctive, and whimsical lighters reproduced here chart the voyage of the lighter from an important scientific discovery to a treasured collector's item. Along the way, we learn about the history of the pipe, the popularization of smoking, and the growth of today's global marketplace, as well as other significant events and wondrous inventions that have played a role in the history of the lighter.