IN ORIGINAL PARTS (SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING.) Weissenborn, Gustavus. American Engineering, Illustrated by Large & Detailed EngravingsEmbracing Various Branches of Mechanical Art. 16 (of 52) oversized folding engravings, 24 x 30 inches, unbound. 4to text leaves -8, 17-24, 49-56, 65-96, 105-112 (of 212). 8 parts (of 26?) in original illustrated wrappers, including Parts I, III, VII, IX, X, XI, XII, and XIV; moderate foxing and soiling to the first wrapper only, otherwise just minor wear. New York: G. & E. Weissenborn's Engineering Office, 1857-58
This majestic series was issued in parts from 1857 through 1861. The introduction states that this work was conceived to give young engineers and machinist without draughtsman skills "clear views of mechanism and mechanical relations . . . and to enable them to apply those principles as well to the structure as to the laboring force of machinery." Each part is largely devoted to a single important contemporary engineering project, and includes two double-folio plates of detailed engineering drawings. Represented here are a beam engine for the New York Steam Sugar Refinery an oscillating engine for the Steam Ship Knoxville the locomotive Talisman built by the New Jersey Locomotive Machine Company a beam engine for the Steam Boat Francis Skiddy the steam fire engine Missouri geared screw propeller engines of the Steamship Caroline of Havana and a patent mill of Trenton Iron Co. Each of these 16 unbound plates would be of interest on its own. Hitchcock, American Architectural Books, 1363. No portion of this series are known at auction since 1976, and we are aware of none extant in parts with wrappers.