1886 Recent Locomotives
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Illustrated, Leather Binding, Signed Binding
With four hundred and sixty four of the original five hundred and twenty five plates. These have been bound in non-numerical order. This edition contains illustrations with descriptions and specifications and details, of recent American and European locomotives, reprinted from the Railroad Gazette. This is an enlarged edition of the original, including a chapter on compound locomotives. There is a contents page at the beginning of the volume and twenty pages of advertisements to the rear. From the Preface: "The present enlarged edition includes over three hundred additional engravings and full descriptions of some fifty locomotives that have been built since 1882." "These additions have more than doubled the size of the original volume, and may be considered to fairly represent recent practice in locomotive construction in America, England and the Continent of Europe. Especial attention has been given to the Consolidation type of engine, which is now so extensively used for freight traffic." "A brief explanation in simple language has been given of the main principles of compounding, and of the peculiar conditions governing the application of the compound system to the locomotive. This important subject has been further elucidated by engravings and descriptions of the latest examples of compound locomotives."
In a rebound half calf binding with cloth covered boards, but lacking the back strip. Externally, rather worn. Both joints are weak. Internally, binding is loosening in places. Both hinges are weak. Pages are generally bright and clean with some foxing to the first and last few pages and browned throughout. There is some damage to some leaves with chips and closed tears. There is a binder's stamp to the rear pastedown.
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