Modern Machine Shop Practice - 2 Vols. (c. 1883)


Two very large (250 x 324 mm) volumes. First English Edition. J.S. Virtue & Co. Not dated, but around 1883. Vol. 1 is 386 pages, Vol. 2 is 396 pages. In total 40 engraved plates and 3,077 smaller engraved illustrations and other text illustrations.

Written by Joshua Rose, a well known American author of the time on matters engineering and mechanical, this is a valuable survey of contemporary machine tools and other workshop equipment, together with detailed descriptions of then current engineering techniques. Whilst the techniques are of interest and possibly use, this is perhaps more a book for someone with an interest in the history of machine tools and their development - the scans with this description do not do justice to the printed quality, as the pages were too large for our A3 scanner.

A rare and encyclopedic book from the earlier years of the machine tool's development.

CONDITION: the text pages are remarkably clean and sound overall for their age, although there are a few minor tears in places. The covers are rather worn and soiled, so look mature, for lack of a better word.

Heavy (6.8 kgs) so we may have to ask for extra postage from an overseas buyer, depending on location.