Antique 1875 Hardcover Locomotive Technical Book. "Catechism of the Locomotive ” by M. N. Forney. HARDCOVER. 1875 The Railroad Gazette 1st Edition, 1st printing; w/ Date: "1875" on Title page & "Entered, according to...in the year 1874" (Copyright applied for at the end of 1874 but book printed in 1875) & no additional printings on copyright page. Exactly as shown in the listing scan(s). Nice Collectible 1st edition 1st printing hardcover copy. "A scarce railroad technical book issued in 1875, that covers all aspects of steam locomotive construction & operation as understood & practiced at that time. It is a classic is very difficult to find for anyone interested in the technology of the steam locomotive. It was entitled a "catechism" as its approach to the myriad of subjects it covers is a question & answer approach that makes perception & understanding of the matter at hand easier to grasp. At the time of its publication it was a "must" read for anyone interested either in becoming a locomotive mechanic, or in passing the requisite tests of a given railroad company to become an engineman (fireman, engineer). A one-of-a-kind volume." Profusely Illustrated with period plates & approximately 30 pages of ads from railroad companies & railroad equiptment manufacturers. One of three frontis fold-out plates in missing; other two are tape reinforced/1st blank end paper was removed & a new blank was inserted with previous owner's name/address/embossed name on title page & inside front/back covers/, o/w internally tight & unmarked. Binding Exterior; Burgundy cloth blind stamped boards with general handling wear to edges, but all lettering on spine faintly readable. NO REMAINDER MARK; NOT X-LIBRARY. No DJ present. ALL ITEMS ARE GUARANTEED TO BE ACCURATELY DESCRIBED, NOT DEFECTIVE, & GENUINE. PLEASE NOTE: Shipping will be billed to winning bidder by Last Chance Auctions in their billing for item(s). Media Mail postage is shown for shipping in the United States. Foreign winning bidders will pay postage based on their countries small/medium/large Flat Rate box postage rates & weight of the package. Other types of postage are avaible at added expense at the bidders request. A Tracking Number will be provided to buyer. Insurance is mandatory on packages over $100 USD and will be added to postage charges when applicable.
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