Published in 1872 by J. B. Burr in Hartford, as a Historical Summary of the Origin, Growth, and Perfection of the Chief Industrial Arts of the Country, this heavy leather bound reference of over 1300 pages contains a very complete index of most interesting subjects and over 500 engraved illustrations. The work deals with the history and development of hundreds of industries and products of the 18th and 19th centuries all written and illustrated in a wonderful mid 19th century perspective. Such items as are still manufactured as sewing machines, watches and watch making, ship building, cutlery, printing, coinage & money, billiards, furniture, railroad & fire equipment, firearms, clocks, gunpowder, pencils & pens, glass, and on and on are dealt with ad infinitum with additional illustrations of more archaic subjects of days past. Such subjects as steam engines, horseshoe nails, stereotyping, gas fixtures & lighting, water power, wood and coal parlor and cook stoves, washing for gold, the gattling gun, furs and fur trading are particularly interesting to the historian and collector, Unfortunately the list of subjects dealt with and illustrations is too voluminous to be listed here. The book measure approximately 6 ½ X 9” and is roughly 2 ¾” thick. It does show evidence of age and wear as you would expect but remains ... read more