The Exhibited Machinery of 1862: a Cyclopaedia of the Machinery Represented at the International Exhibition. GREAT LONDON EXHIBITION of 1862, D. K. CLARK, Daniel Kinnear.

The Exhibited Machinery of 1862: a Cyclopaedia of the Machinery Represented at the International Exhibition

London: Day & Son, [1864]. First Edition. Large octavo (26cm). Publisher's embossed, cloth-covered boards, decoratively titled in gilt on spine and front cover; xxiv,447pp; 431 wood-engraved text-figures; 39 inserted leaves of engraved plates, most folding. Neatly rebacked; some spotting and soiling to boards, spine cloth slightly dulled. Endpapers soiled, with faint marginal tidemark to preliminary leaves, but in all a tight, complete, Very Good copy. Ownership signature on front endpaper of a William John [Lafferty?], Belfast, dated 1866.

A significant work, infrequent in commerce. Especially valuable for its coverage of early railway technology, an area in which the author was himself expert, as he had served as a Consulting Engineer for the Great North of Scotland Railway as early as 1853. The book's four divisions - Railways; Textile Machinery; Metal and Wood Manufacturing Machinery; and "Machinery in General" are each profusely illustrated with both text figures and folding plates. The final plate, at end of text, is a "General Plan of the Western Annex," where mechanical exhibits were housed.

Price: $450.00

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