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Smiles, Samuel

Lives of the Engineers. The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson (presentation binding; 1877)

Published: John Murray, London, 1877

Edition: New and revised edition

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St Aidan's College prize binding: full tan calf with gilt decorations to all three faces, "Merenti" in gilt on the upper panel and gilt lettering on a red spine label. Marbled endpapers with St Aidan's College label on the front paste-down. All edges gilt. Owner stamp on the flyleaf. There is a crack before the frontispiece but the binding remains tight.

The frontispiece tissue guard is in place but torn. One of the full-page engravings is detached but present. xliv + 388 pp of b/w illustrated text plus inserted frontispiece and 2 other plates - all unmarked and undiscoloured. A very good and finely bound copy.

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 185 x 130
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft (South Africa), SWIFT (rest of world), or $ checks for US or Australian buyers
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved


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