A Short History of the Steam Engine, first published in 1939, remains one of the most readable and clear explanations of the topic for the non-specialist. H. W. Dickinson limits himself to stationary engines and boilers, and only touches on the beginnings of locomotive and marine engines. He puts the stages of development in their context, showing ...
A Short History of the Steam Engine, first published in 1939, remains one of the most readable and clear explanations of the topic for the non-specialist. H. W. Dickinson limits himself to stationary engines and boilers, and only touches on the beginnings of locomotive and marine engines. He puts the stages of development in their context, showing how economic and social factors were involved in the evolution of the steam engine. The illustrations are plentiful and the text, while technical, never becomes impenetrable. The successive improvements to the simple engines of the seventeenth century, as new materials or purposes arose, are developed chapter by chapter to the twentieth century. Each engineer was building on the work of his predecessors, rather than there being any single inventor of genius. Dickinson also wrote biographies of key figures of the Industrial Revolution, which are being reissued in this series.
Ex-Library copy; with typical markings. Tape residue on board edges and endpapers. Some shelfwear along bottom edges. Light bumping and a bit of wear at spine extremities and corners. Pages clean, but for library markings. Edgewear to DJ edges; edges taped on inner DJ-staining shows through on outer DJ. Label scar on DJ spine.; 255 pages; Ex-Library.
Good in good dust jacket. 1963. 255 pages. Brown dust jacket covering blue cloth hardback. Pages remain clean and neat with light markings to intermittent pages. Hinge is cracking yet binding remains firm. Minor bumping to spine ends with a few white marks to boards. Loss to back cover with tears along top edge. Tears to spine ends and corners with sticker remnants on front. Light scuffing to spine ends and to spine with tanning to spine. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1465295905NAT (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
10pp plates. Some rubbing, in a chipped, rubbed, torn & soiled dustwrapper, Good, 24x15cm, (37), 255pp, Dustwrapper flaps mounted to interior fixed flyleaves with cellophane tape. A reprint of the 1938 Cambridge University Press edition with a preface by A.E. Musson added.
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