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A Century of Traction Engines: Being An Historical Account of the Rise and Decline of An Industry Whose Benefits to Mankind Were and Are Incalculable - W. J. [William Jesse] Hughes

David & Charles, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is slightly rippled. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

First in this edition. [First: Percival Marshall & Company, 1959] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams;

From the cover: “Here is a long-awaited reprint of a standard work which quickly earned an international reputation after its first publication. This is the story of what is possibly the most fascinating of all prime-movers. The traction engine, the steam plough, the road locomotive, the steam tractor, and the steam roller have been of inestimable value to mankind. In agriculture, in road making and road haulage, in opening up and developing virgin lands, steam power played a part which was of paramount importance to the world.

From the earliest period of experiment, the author pursues an intriguing course through those years of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when steam was supreme. The Boydell system, Bray’s ‘feathering’ wheels, Crompton’s epic journey by Thomson road steamer, special engines for export, four-wheel drive, caterpillar-tracked engines, steam in the defence of Malta; all these and many more fascinations are here.

Every lover of steam will revel in this book, and the serious student will obtain new light on his subject. This is indeed everybody’s book of the traction engine.”

Size: 8¾" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 262 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.