New York: Stringer & Townsend, 1854. vi,196pp. plus 53 (of 55?) plates (most double-spread), including one folding plate and two colored plates. Quarto. Contemporary three quarter calf and cloth. Illustrations. Binding extremities rather worn but sound, foldout 'example plate c' torn up one fold, without loss, closed tear and small spot in lower margin of plate 18, some tanning and scattered occasional foxing, some cross-plate offsetting, otherwise a good, sound copy. Item #WRCLIT80673
An early American printing (of a great many through the remainder of the 19th century), based on the London edition of 1853. An extensive treatment of basic mechanical drawing is followed by directions for the more refined skills of shading, perspective, etc. The plates detail all manner of geometric, mechanical, and architectural renderings to assist the draughtsman in his work. A sequence of 'example' plates at the end include renderings of an express locomotive, a wood planing machine, a washing machine, a power loom, steam boilers, direct- acting marine engines, etc.