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Published by Sampson Low, Son and Co, London (1860)

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Item Description: Sampson Low, Son and Co, London, 1860. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 'A History of Coal, Coke, Coal Fields, Progress of Coal Mining, the Winning and Working of Collieries, Household, Steam, Gas, Coking, and other Coals, Duration of the Great Northern Coal Field, Mine Surveying and Government Inspection. Iron, its Ores, and Processes of Manufacture, more particularly with reference to the Recently-Discovered Iron Ores of the Cleveland District and of the Blast Furnaces Erected in the North of England. Including Estimatesof the Capital Required to Embark in the Coal, Coke, or Iron Trades; the Probable Amount of Profit to be Realized; Amount of Capital Invested in Collieries and Iron Works; Mode of Valuing Mineral Property, etc. A Brief History of the Coal and Iron Trades, brought down to the Present Time.' Scarce first edition of this unusual work, an account of the history of coal and iron and its importance to the British empire. Hardback, 164 pages, large format (28 cm x 42 cm). The frontispiece is a full-colour, fold-out geological map and there are 36 highly-finished, full-page engravings. The map is in beautiful condition, with just one small mark to one corner. The engravings are all in fine or near-fine condition. There is a dedication by the author to Napoleon the Third, whom he describes as: 'a sovereign no less illustrious as the able and benignant ruler of a mighty empire, than as a scholar, statesman, and warrior, and the munificent patron of literature and the arts, the leader of social progress, and the enlightened promoter of international commerce'. Marbled boards, half leather, gilt titles and banding on the spine. The leather is worn at the corners, with some loss,and there is loss to the spine ends. The front board is detached. Bookseller Inventory # 028102

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