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Francis Gurney Du Pont "A Memoir" Limited Edition 2 Volumes
These are two fabulous volumes published in 1951. Edited by Henry, Allan J." Francis Gurney du Pont; A Memoir". Philadelphia: Wm. F. Fell, 1951.They include photos, index,they have 234, 306 pages in hardcover. They are both from a limited edition of 300, these are 139. They are in mint condition in the original slipcase. Laid in is an engraved card in an envelope stating that this is presented with the compliments of Irene Sophie du Pont (who is identified in the Foreword as the publisher of this set). They measure 7" by 10". These are extremely rare, especially in this top condition.
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Francis Gurney du Pont (1850–1904) was the creator of smokeless gunpowder and the youngest son of Alexis I. du Pont and the grandson of E. I. du Pont. Francis served as superintendent of the Upper and Lower Hagley Yards and later as general manager of Carney’s Point, New Jersey, in 1891. His invention was assisted by cousin Pierre S. du Pont.
Joining the firm as partner in 1873, he became one of the three vice presidents. Even with the death of Eugene du Pont in 1902, Francis declined the presidency of the firm due to ill health. He wanted to sell the company to competitor Laflin & Rand. A traditionalist, Frank mistrusted the modern business practices that he correctly believed the younger generation would implement at DuPont. He lost control to the company to Alfred I. du Pont, T. Coleman du Pont and Pierre S. du Pont in 1902 with the formation of the E. I du Pont de Nemours Company and died in 1904.
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