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IRON MANUFACTURER'S GUIDE TO THE FURNACES, FORGES AND ROLLING MIL
1859. Fine. LESLEY, J. P. THE IRON MANUFACTURER'S GUIDE TO THE FURNACES, FORGES AND ROLLING MILLS OF THE UNITED STATES. With discussions of iron as a commercial element, an American ore, and a manufactured article, in commerce and in history. With maps and plates. New York: John Wiley, London: Trubner & Co., 1859. First edition. Illustrated with 5 folding maps, including two with color outlines, 1 plate, and text figures. Octavo. 23 cm. [1] publisher's adv. + [2],xxxiv,772 pp. Original publisher's brown cloth binding, with gilt-stamped spine title, and sides blocked in blind. Contemporary ink ownership, dated 5 June 1859, of John Simmons of Deepfield, Staffordshire, England, who managed the Ulster Iron Works at Saugerties, NY, where he developed double-puddling, hoop-making, and cold-rolling processes. Except for some very minor wear at heel and crown, and a bit of edgewear to the fore-edge of one folding map which extends a bit beyond the bookblock, this is a truly fine copy, being exceptionally clean and crisp. (Sabin 40187). This is one of J. Peter Lesley's major works, containing information and statistics on ironworks as well as a detailed geological discussion of iron deposits in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The preface is notable for Lesley's attack on Henry Darwin Rogers, who directed the first state survey of Pennsylvania, and for whom Lesley worked on the survey during the years 1838-1841. Lesley accuses Rogers of scientific theft for not acknowledging the work of the young apprentices, like himself, who had assisted him in the survey. In 1873, Lesle became the director of the second state survey of Pennsylvania. (D.S.B.)
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