New York. Munn & Co., Inc., 1883.
Profusely illustrated hardbound volume, half leather binding, 15 1/2 x 11 inches, 414 pp. Of these, the front pages of seven numbers have damage of some sort: tape repairs, holes, or stains; the remaining nineteen are in excellent condition. The Corners are bumped, scuffed and spotted; some loss of leather trim. 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. Age has turned them dark brown. The bulk of the volume is, overall, in good shape, and is noteworthy for a variety of illustrated front pages (and accompanying articles) depicting scientific, technological and engineering achievements of the day. (One of the more dramatic is the Marent Gulch Tressle on the Northern Pacific Railroad in Montana.) Several of the more interesting of these illustrated front pages (all in good condition or with issues noted) are listed below. July 21: "Design for Bascule Bridge Over River Thames Below London Bridge" (i.e. the Tower Bridge) August 11: "The Central Telephone Exchange, Paris" August 18: "Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company" September 22: "The New Bridge Over the Monongahela River at Pittsburg Pa." September 29: "Smith's Excavating and Dredging Apparatus" October 20: "Lifting Bridge for Double Track Railway" October 27: "A New Log Band Sawmill" November 10: "Traveling Electric Light Machine and Light Tower" November 17: "The New United States Ship of War Atlanta" November 24: "The Coal Bunkers at New Tacoma W.T. On The Northern Pacific Railroad" (Interior illustrated article on Tissandier's New Electric Balloon.) December 1: "The Great Cantilever Bridge Over Niagara River" December 8: "Terminus of N.Y.W.S & R-View from Weehawken Heights" December 15: "The Great Equatorial Telescope of the Paris Observatory" December 22: "The New United States Cruisers-The Dispatch Boat Dolphin" (Interior Article The New United States War Steamer Chicago with full page illustration) December 29: "The Marent Culch Trestle on the Northern Pacific Railroad" 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." Item #48956