Cambridge Library Collection - Technology: Hunt's Hand-Book to the Official Catalogues of the Great Exhibition 2 Volume Paperback Set: An Explanatory Guide to the Natural Productions and Manufactures of the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations,
A famous chemist, photographer and scholar, Robert Hunt was a passionate advocate of popular education and the ideal choice to write an accessible and informative handbook to the greatest educational event of the nineteenth century. Published in 1851, while the Great Exhibition was still welcoming visitors in Hyde Park, Hunt's Hand-Book is an encyclopaedia of Victorian material science, chemistry, engineering and design. While an array of catalogues, pamphlets and guides told the story of the exhibition's conception and construction, Hunt reserved his pages for a detailed and comprehensive account of the exhibits themselves. Consequently, this two-volume work quickly established itself as the authoritative guide to the exhibits, their manner of manufacture and practical application in the modern world. Volume 1 includes the Medieval Court and spectacular displays of agricultural produce, weaponry, and porcelain. Volume 2 includes exhibits as varied as enamelled glassware, cotton looms and cement.