A Rare Treatise on Coal and Iron

    William Fordyce. 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 estimates of 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, &c. A brief history of the coal and iron trades, brought down to the present time. Illustrated with sketch geological map and numerous highly finished engravings. London: Sampson Low, 1860. First edition. Folio. Approximately 16.25 x 10.25 inches. viii, [5]-164 pages. With folding hand-colored map inserted at front and thirty-three engraved plates (one double-page) inserted throughout. With plain tissue-guards. Bound in modern quarter black morocco over black cloth boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, six raised bands. Text toned and a bit brittle, with several pages with tears or chips, especially at margins. Plate V (double-page) mounted onto stubs with some paper loss in the margin. With a few inkstamps of the Mercantile Library, Philadelphia throughout. Overall, a very good copy of this scarce item.

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    This seldom seen work (strangely dedicated to Napoleon III), is a comprehensive treatise on coal and iron and its economic role in the life of the British Empire up to the mid-nineteenth century. It provides detailed information on the technology related to coal mining, as well as the costs involved, and how a business owner could profit.

    RLIN lists five locations: Harvard, New York Public Library, Library Company of Philadelphia, University of Minnesota, and the University of Michigan.

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