New York. Munn & Co., Inc., 1883.
Profusely illustrated hardbound volume, half leather binding, 15 1/2 x 11 inches, 414 pp. Loss at top of leather spine; corners bumped, boards scuffed and stained. Issues for January are essentially loose in boards with an abraded margins at bottom and along the free edge. Pages 33 to 44 are missing, as is the issue of June 9 (never bound in). Numerous pages exhibit preservationist zealotry in the form of quarter to half-inch tape "repairs" to short tears, with the most numerous of these along the bottom or free edge of various issues. The volume suffers from scattered paper loss, including major damage to three front covers. 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 opening of New York's Brooklyn Bridge. Several of the more interesting of these illustrated covers (all in good condition or with issues noted) are listed below. January 13: "The Great Docks at the Erie Basin, Brooklyn, NY." Crease to lower right margin; tear on left margin touching image with archival tape repair on verso; frayed free edge and paper loss in lower left margin; neither impacting image. February 17: "Works of the New York Terra Cotta Lumber Co." March 3: "'Hercules' Dredger for the Panama Canal." March 10: "Experimental Application of Electricity for Balloon Propulsion." March 17: "Frick and Co.'s Great Works at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania." Very short tear to bottom edge with archival tape repair on verso. March 24: "Works of the Buffalo Forge Company, Buffalo, N.Y." April 28: "The Great Dam Across the Ottawa River Canada." May 5: "New Freight Steamer City of Fall River." May 12: "The Broad Street Passenger Station of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Philadelphia." May 26: "Opening of the Great Suspension Bridge Between New York and Brooklyn." Also included in this issue: "Goodridge's Plan for the Erection of the Statue of Liberty and its Pedestal in New York Harbor." June 2: "The New York and Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Station and Engine Room". June 30: "Wright and Mackie's Machinery for Making Incandescent Electric Lamps." Small tape repair lower margin distant from image or text. There are a variety of 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 #48957