New York. Munn & Co., Inc., 1881.
Profusely illustrated hardbound volume, half leather binding, 15 1/2 x 11 inches, 450 pp if complete; however, this volume contains only 27 issues. Of these, the front pages of nine numbers have damage of some sort: tape repairs, holes, or stains. The leather covering has separated from the rear cover and the spine itself for a distance of 4 1/2 inches; the corners are bumped, boards scuffed and stained with loss of leather trim; extremities seriously abraded. Small yellow mailing label on some issues. A number of pages exhibit preservationist zealotry in the form of quarter to half-inch tape "repairs" to short tears, with the most numerous of these appearing along the bottom or on the free edge of various issues. The volume, overall, is in extremely sorry shape, but is redeemed by a variety of illustrated front pages (and accompanying articles) depicting scientific, technological and engineering achievements of the day. One of the most exceptional depicts the Remington & Sons Firearms Works. Several of the more interesting of these illustrated front pages (all in good condition or with issues noted) are listed below. January 8: The Manufacture of Bolts and Nuts-Russell, Burdsall & Ward Port Chester N.Y. January 15: New York Approach to the East River Bridge (now the Brooklyn Bridge) January 22 Edison's Steam Dynamo-Electric Machine February 26: Asbestos Works of the H. W. Johns Manufacturing Company March 5: Mammoth Fire Boat Designed by H. S. Maxim, M.E. (some surface discoloration) March 26: Proprietary Specialties-A Vogeler & Co. Baltimore MD. (Major producer of St. Jacobs Oil-a quack medicinal) June 4: Hudson River [Railroad] Tunnel-Showing Pilot Tunnel and Bracing August 27: Water Power on the Black River at Watertown, N.Y. September 3: The Manufacture of Firearms-Armory of E. Remington & Sons, Ilion, N.Y. (one fox spot) September 17: The International Electrical Exhibition of 1881 at Paris October 1: Machines and Appliances for Harvesting Cotton. (One fox spot) A rare African American presence in the "Scientific American," with 4 illustrations accompanying the article. December 31: New Beam Engine Built at the Continental Works, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Interior article on the manufacture of fine wall paper: child labor much in evidence.) There are additional illustrated front pages (with articles) in good condition. Also, on the advertising pages of several issues there appears a small but interesting ad from the American Bell Telephone Company for "Speaking Telephones"; the text mentions Bell's patent of 1876 covering mechanisms whereby "the voice of the speaker causes electric undulations corresponding to the words spoken, and which articulations produce similar articulate sounds at the receiver." The issue of January 1 (creased and with light spotting to the cover) describes and pictures Bell's "Articulating Photophone." Item #48955