Item #1272 Norris's Hand-Book for Locomotive Engineers and Machinists: Comprising the Proportions and Calculations for Constructing Locomotives, Manner of Setting Valves, Tables of Squares, Cubes, Areas, &c. &c. Septimus Norris.
Norris's Hand-Book for Locomotive Engineers and Machinists: Comprising the Proportions and Calculations for Constructing Locomotives, Manner of Setting Valves, Tables of Squares, Cubes, Areas, &c. &c.
Norris's Hand-Book for Locomotive Engineers and Machinists: Comprising the Proportions and Calculations for Constructing Locomotives, Manner of Setting Valves, Tables of Squares, Cubes, Areas, &c. &c.
Scarce Handbook for Locomotive Engineers

Norris's Hand-Book for Locomotive Engineers and Machinists: Comprising the Proportions and Calculations for Constructing Locomotives, Manner of Setting Valves, Tables of Squares, Cubes, Areas, &c. &c.

Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, 1852. First edition. Frontispiece illustration, cuts, diagrams, tables. Original leather over boards. Octavo. 302 pages plus 23 pages of ads at rear. Bound in calf over boards with black leather spine label titled in gilt. Some mild scuffs to exterior, scattered foxing inside, especially at preliminary and postliminary leaves. Slight separation to front endpaper along hinge, but hinge not cracked. Very good to near fine overall.

Septimus Norris was a mechanical engineer and steam locomotive designer whose brother, William Norris, had built the first locomotive in the United States. At the time of this writing the Norris Locomotive Works in Philadelphia had built 530 locomotives, many of them exported to England and Europe.

The author's goal, as he states in the Preface, is to share his knowledge of the mechanical aspects of locomotives so all interested parties can understand, and to do so simply, without "unnecessary display of algebraical formulas, which the sight of frightens the timid."

A fascinating and authoritative book on the mechanics of early steam locomotives. Very scarce in this first edition of 1852.


Item #1272

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