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The production quality of this volume - formerly "The South African Building and Allied Trades Manual" - is excellent and one would not know it was a wartime production if: (1) the editor had not referred to the difficulty in obtaining paper or acknowledged the help of the [wartime] Controller of Building Materials; and (2) there had not been a graphic South African Railways advertisement showing a train being attacked by a bomber plane, with the caption "Do not travel unless you must".
The main index and index of advertisers are followed by details of industry bodies (such as the Institute of Architects), some 160 pp of contributed articles (from adhesives to windows) and a further 200 pp of general information (from cement to wood preservatives).
The blue cloth-boards, printed in black on all three faces, are lightly bumped at the head of the spine. The binding is tight. The front paste-down and the back endpapers carry advertisements and there is a library stamp on the title page. The 568 pp of text, including some 120 pp of b/w and 2-col advertisements, are fine. There is a cm2 chip out of the fore-edge of pp 401/2, but no other damage and only even and slight toning towards the page edges.
- Binding Condition: Very Good
- Overall Condition: Very Good
- Size: 255 x 220; 1.3 kg
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