[New York]: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1906. First Separate Edition. Slim octavo (24cm.); publisher's green gilt-lettered cloth; 106pp.; illus., plans, and photographs throughout text. Light shelf wear, spine a shade dulled, contemporary ownership rubberstamp to front pastedown, else a Near Fine copy.
Compliments card of the author and his associate the Chicago businessman Charles R. Crane tipped to front free endpaper, the previous owner having also added brief relevant ink notes in margins of p. --"On the day following the burning of the Iroquois Theater, a citizen of Chicago, [Chas. R. Crane], who had lost two little nieces in the fire, asked a friend, [John R. Freeman], who for many years had made fire prevention a study, to go to Chicago immediately to investigate means for rendering such fearful disasters impossible." The fire in question took place on the afternoon of December 30, 1903, killing more than six hundred theater-goers, many of them children. Freeman's study of the venue's fire readiness deficiencies was first delivered as an address at the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers on December 4, 1905, providing updated smoke vent designs, automatic sprinklers, and other features that the brand-new theater was lacking when it opened just a month before the disaster.