Steam Engines — An International History - Howard JonesErnest Benn, 1973, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper, nicked at the head of the spine with several small punctures to the leading edge of the lower panel. Remnants of a small sticker to the first blank. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Light spotting to the blanks and endpapers.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “As the great catalyst which speeded up industrial and economic change, the steam engine radically altered the pattern of men’s lives. Although this began first in areas that were inhabited by Europeans, it led to the rise of industrial communities all over the world. Before steam power, man sought other aids which allowed him to shape his environment. As social and economic progress began to transform old ways of life, the needs of industry made fresh demands on the ingenuity of inventors such as Savery, Newcomen, and Watt, and the steam engine developed in various forms. During the nineteenth century, which became the great age of steam power, steam engines proved themselves to be astonishingly versatile and superior to any form of power that man had ever commanded. Adapted to print newspapers, they influenced men’s minds; used in agriculture, they helped produce cheaper food; on land and sea, they shaped the pattern of transport, widening man’s horizons; and in producing another power — electricity — they have had a profound effect on modern life.”
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