16 years ago
classic steam engine book, as reproduced on-line at the U. of Michigan.
This was enough to start me searching for my own copy of "A Catechism of
the Steam Engine", by John Bourne. Google helped me find one, even better,
it was one of the very early editions, pub. 1850. There is a note in
beautiful calligraphic handwriting of the period with the owners name
inscribed in 1852 and a sales sticker from a book store in Norfolk, VA.
I Googled a bit more and found a copy of the edition that is reproduced
on-line. This one is an 1872 edition, much like the 1868 one that is
on-line. Comparing the two books, only 18 years apart in publication, is a
fascinating observation on emerging technology. This coming September, I'll
get another chance to view some steam engineering up close and personal.
That will be in the engine room of the historic 1926 Delta Queen steam boat.
We have a 6 night cruise scheduled from St. Louis to Cincinnati.
PS: Link to the on-line book: there you'll find "Modern Machine Shop Practice, vol 1 and 2" and The
Advanced Machinist, 1903