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  • "...sitting there with the light of an Argand lamp focused by a concave mirror on the dark purple of that terrible hand...'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 51

    According to A Sea of Words, "Argand lamp: invented by Aime Argand in the 1780s, a lamp with a cylindrical wick, allowing a current of air to pass to both inner and outer surfaces of the flame and thus providing better combustion and brighter light." (p. 88)

    March 20, 2008