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#29 - Rudolf Diesel

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Set up in Paris, Diesel begins work on his compression ignition engine
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German inventor and mechanical engineer, famous for the invention of the diesel engine, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1913. Rare ALS in German, signed “Diesel,” one page on a 5.25 x 3.5 postcard, no date but postmarked September 17, 1885, Paris. Letter to Theodor Ackermann in Munich, in full (translated): "In reply to your esteemed postcard from the 7J along with catalogues, I ask you to kindly send: Marcker, manual of the fabrication of spirit 1880, (Catalog 118 N: 935), also: Bergmann Kogel. Practical Millconstructor 4 edition Weimar 1880. If possible antiquarian; only if this is not at all possible, please send a new copy. Please tell me also if and on what terms you can procure for me an antiquarian copy of Perel's Manual of the Agricultural Machines last edition. Will immediately send the amount on account." Addressed on the reverse in Diesel's own hand. Matted with a modern glossy photo to an overall size of 8.25 x 11.75. In fine condition. In 1885, Diesel established a shop in Paris to begin the development of a compression ignition engine. By the 1890s, his engine had improved to such a degree that he received a number of patents for his invention of an efficient, slow burning, compression ignition and internal combustion engine.

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