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The Biblio Rare Book Room has a wide variety of rare engineering books featured below. Many of the rare engineering books are older textbooks or pamphlets from shop classes, and there are even antique documents and ephemera from structures built in 18th and 19th centuries. If you have an interest in buildings, be sure to look through the antique and rare books about engineering that the Biblio booksellers have all collected.

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Annales des Mines, Mémoires sur l'exploitation des mines/Ducets/Tables des  Matieres Et sur les...
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Annales des Mines, Mémoires sur l'exploitation des mines/Ducets/Tables des Matieres Et sur les sciences et les arts qui s'y rattachment

by Dunod, H., E. Pinat, et al

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Quarter red calf. Approximately 151 volumes uniformly bound in a very attractive, yet sturdy quarter red calf for J.M.B. (at foot of spine) about 1920. Numerous fold-out plates. All volumes remarkably supple & durable without the expected defects. ; Includes Decrets, Memoires, Indices; 8vo ; Ducrets: Vol. I (1862) - vol. X (1871) Sixieme Serie (complete - 10 )Vol. I (1872) - vol. III (1874), IV, V, VI + VII, VIII + vol. IX (1880), X (1881) Septieme Serie (complete - 10)Vol. I (1882) - vol. VI (1887) + vol. VIII (1889) - vol.X (1891) Huitieme Serie (8 volumes)Vol. I (1892) - vol. X (1901) Neuvieme Serie (complete -- 10)Vol. I (1902) - vol. X (1911) Dixieme Serie (complete -- 10)Vol. I (1912), II (1913), III (1914) Onziemie Serie (3 volumes)Memoires: Vol. I, II (1862) - vol. III, IV (1863) + vol. IX, X (1866) - vol. XI, XII (1867)Vol. XV, XVI (1869) - vol. XVII, XVIII (1870) - vol. XIX (1871) SixiemeSerie (13 volumes)Vol. I, II (1872) + vol. IV, V… Read More
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ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF LOCOMOTIVES. M. Baird & Co., Philadelphia. -- Matthew Baird, George...
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ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF LOCOMOTIVES. M. Baird & Co., Philadelphia. -- Matthew Baird, George Burnham, Charles T. Parry, Edward H. Williams, William P. Henszey, Edward Longstreth

by BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS

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Press of J. B. Lippincott. Philadelphia. USA. circa 1872. FIRST EDITION. 4to. (11 X 7.9 inches). 134pp. Illustrated with engraved frontis and several smaller wood engraved illustrations throughout the text, plus 16 albumen photographic prints of Locomotives, each mounted onto a card page with the technical details for that engine printed on the pages following each image. All pages with a printed red ruled border. Original brown pebble grained cloth on bevelled edges boards with gilt lettering to the front cover and spine. Blind stamped rule and decorative corner borders on both boards. Original dark brown coated endpapers. A crease to the front free endpaper and one page bumped to the outer corner of one mount page, not affecting the image, otherwise a better than very good example of this uncommon catalogue. The covers are bright and clean. Contains a history of the firm up to 1871
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Locomotive Development on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Signed By J.P. Laux
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Locomotive Development on the Lehigh Valley Railroad, Signed By J.P. Laux

by Laux, J.P. (John Peter)

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1937. J.P. (John Peter) Laux became a Master Mechanic in 1915 for the Lehigh Railway and rose to Superintendent of Motive Power when Lehigh RR was its highest. He produced this manuscript of which there are no known original copies there are 57 hand mounted photographs in the basic engines and concludes with the Locomotive Ownership by year, 1856-1936. The Average Tractive Force in 1921 was 37,621 lbs but by 1936 it had increased to 51, 293 lbs. The No. 5100 was delivered in 1931 as a class T-1 (two were delivered, Richard Duley notes Baldwin also delivered later at Class T-1a). This original work complements minor details in Duley's significant contribution. There are no copies on OCLC. Since the age of steam ended, these magnificent workhorses were often scrapped. Very few of the locomotives have survived but here are nice black-and-white photographs from Superintendent J.P. Laux that show the Lehigh Valley Railroad's history in the period just before it was supplanted by diesel and the emergence… Read More
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Le Operazioni del compasso geometrico et militare.
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Le Operazioni del compasso geometrico et militare.

by Galileo Galilei

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Third Edition
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Untrimmed gatherings bound in early nineteenth century paper covered boards retaining original sewing. One folding plate. Professional restorations to edges of Title & Dedication leaves not affecting text. Restorations to Preface leaf with replacement of four letters on recto and six letters of verso. 6.5 x 9; Do not hesitate to request additional images. ; All shipments through USPS boxed & insured Priority Mail.
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Earthquake Spectra (Total of 60 Volumes)
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Earthquake Spectra (Total of 60 Volumes): The Professional Journal of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

by Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

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Earthquake Spectra - Total of 60 Volumes - Engineering Research Professional Journal (Volume 5-20 Softcovers 1989-2004)
Subtitle: "The Professional Journal of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute."
Published by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (California). Softcovers throughout the set may have slight creases, impressions, spots, or smudges. A few volumes have small tears or bumps on the covers or spines, as well as the pre- or proceeding pages. The last six (6) volumes are still in the original shipping packaging. No writing or markings. Overall, the set is in Very Good condition.
PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF VOLUMES INCLUDED BELOW, AS THERE ARE SEVERAL VOLUMES THAT ARE INTERUPTED OR INCOMPLETE (FOR EXAMPLE: VOLUMES 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, AND 20 ARE MISSING NUMBERS OR QUARTERLY PRINTINGS) & OTHER VOLUMES INCLUDE ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS.
1. Volume 5, Number 3 - August 1989
2. Special Supplement - August 1989
3. Volume 5, Number 4 - November 1989
4. Volume 6, Number 1 -… Read More
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The Picture History of Inventions from Plough To Polaris.
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The Picture History of Inventions from Plough To Polaris.

by ECO, Umberto and G. B. Zorzoli. Translated by Anthony Lawrence

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First U.S. edition / First printing.
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Edmonds, Washington
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New York: The Macmillan Company, 1963. Signed on the title page by Umberto Eco. First U.S. edition / First printing. Off white cloth. Near fine with owner name emboss stamp to front free endpaper and also the title page in very good to near fine dust jacket, with several edge tears. The author's first book.
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Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. Edited and Compiled by Arthur W. Banks.
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Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. Edited and Compiled by Arthur W. Banks.

by Von Neumann, John

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Urbana & London: University of Illinois Press, 1966. Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board in black. With the dust jacket. Contemporary ownership signature in blue ink to the front free endpaper. An excellent, fresh copy in the lightly rubbed jacket that is tanned, particularly along the spine panel, and has some nicks and short splits at the edges. First edition of this important work on self-reproduction in machines and life forms, scare in the dust jacket. Von Neumann became interested in the abilities of computers to self-reproduce during his work on the Institute for Advanced Studies computer project - noting that, since a Turing machine can make exact copies of any readable sequence, it can copy itself. He hoped to formulate a theory of self-reproduction that would be general enough to explain and predict self-reproduction in both machines and living things. "Using the same method of logical substitution by which a Turing machine can be instructed to interpret… Read More
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Women in the War—We Can't Win Without Them.
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Women in the War—We Can't Win Without Them.

by War Manpower Commission

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Washington D.C.: US Govt. Printing Office, 1942. Colour poster (28 x 40 in). Professionally mounted, glazed, and framed using archival materials. Original creases from folding, bright and fresh. Excellent condition. An important Second World War poster promoting women in the wartime workforce, produced in 1942 by the War Manpower Commission. At the time, "Women in the War" was one of the most widely distributed images of a woman laboring in war production, unlike the "We Can Do It" poster, which was produced only for Westinghouse plants during a few weeks in 1943 and did not become iconic until the 1980s. "Among the many agencies President Roosevelt had created during the war was the War Manpower Commission, formed in April 1942 to oversee war labor issues in the military, industrial, and civilian sectors. And in June 1942, the Office of War Information was formed to manage the flows of news and propaganda about the war to the public. By 1943, when the labor shortage was most acute, the two… Read More
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Reports on Canals, Railways, Roads, and Other Subjects, Made to "The Pennsylvania Society...
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Reports on Canals, Railways, Roads, and Other Subjects, Made to "The Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Internal Improvement." by William Strickland, architect and Engineer, While Engaged in the Service of the Society

by Strickland, William

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Philadelphia: H. C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. Hardcover. Very Good. vi, 51, [1] p., 62 leaves of engraved plates, including 4 double-leaf plates (2 folded) containing 72 drawings, plans, and maps; 29 x46 cm. Contemporary half calf with plain boards. Printed paper label on front board. Errata slip tipped in following title page. Howes, S 1075. The Pennsylvania Society for the Promotion of Internal Improvement, organized in 1824, sent William Strickland (1787-1854) to England in 1825 to study the most recent developments in transportation engineering in order to improve the ability to travel and ship goods across the state. Over the course of the year, Strickland sent home reports on canals, railways, roads, and iron-making from Great Britain. After his return in Dec., he was appointed engineer of the Pennsylvania State Canal and his reports were issued in this volume. The great interest that it generated is indicated by the 2-page list of subscribers, among whom were canal companies (Delaware… Read More
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La riga matematica di Gio. Francesco Fiammelli fiorentino matematico. Dove si tratta del misvrare...
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La riga matematica di Gio. Francesco Fiammelli fiorentino matematico. Dove si tratta del misvrare con la vista di lontano senza strumenti, cioè con vna sola riga, e leuar piante di città, di eserciti, d'armate di mare, e profondità di fiumi,...

by FIAMMELLI, Giovanni Francesco

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1605 1ed Fiammelli La Riga Matematica Military Engineering Civil Mathematics
Giovanni Fiammelli was a 16th-century Italian engineer who focused on mathematics as the foundation for his research and planning. While little is known of his life, he published one of the most important mathematics treatises in 'La Riga Matematica'. In this book, Fiammelli discusses his theories on trigonometry and the use of math in military and civil engineering. Fiammelli explains his techniques in using mat to determine water depths, measure long distances, and give context to architectural planning.
This 1605 first edition is highly rare and highly valuable! It contains desirable in-text geometric figures.
Item number: #15631
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FIAMMELLI, Giovanni Francesco
La riga matematica di Gio. Francesco Fiammelli fiorentino matematico. Dove si tratta del misvrare con la vista di lontano senza strumenti, cioè con vna sola riga, e leuar piante di città, di eserciti, d'armate di mare, e profondità di fiumi,...… Read More
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Inauguration du monument de Ferdinand de Lesseps le 17 Novembre 1899.
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Inauguration du monument de Ferdinand de Lesseps le 17 Novembre 1899.: Personal copy of François Philippe Voisin (1821-1918), chief engineer of the Suez Canal Company during the construction of the Suez Canal

by Compagnie Universelle du Canal Maritime de Suez

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3 leaves letterpress text and index, 48 collotype plates. Publisher's green cloth with gilt title on front board. All edges gilt, endpapers lined with multiple coloured snail marbled paper on combed marbled patterns. Oblong folio (455 x 335 mm). Spine-ends minimally frayed. The personal copy of Monsieur François Philippe Voisin (1821-1918) (= Voisin Bey), his name stamped in gilt on front cover, a French engineer and from 1861 to 1870, the chief engineer of the Suez Canal Company during the construction of the Suez Canal, together with its director Ferdinand de Lesseps. The 48 plates show 76 collotypes (numbered 1 through 74 and 2 unnumbered collotypes), they depict views, portraits, seascapes, and the inauguration itself and showing on the other hand the canal (and its surroundings) on its entire length. One plate with small loss to lower outer corner (far away from image) else fine. It seems that the whole seemingly small print-run of this inauguration publication was given as a gift to an… Read More
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Beschreibung neuer holzsparenden Oefen und Feuerherde, zum Militär- und Civil-Gebrauch.
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Beschreibung neuer holzsparenden Oefen und Feuerherde, zum Militär- und Civil-Gebrauch.

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Woodcut title-vignette, XXXIV (recte XXXVI), 47 pages, XLIII pages with tables of which four folding, 22 (one folding) engraved plates. Cont. calf, richly gilt spine with red morocco label. All edges gilt. Multipe coloured shell marbled end-papers. Engraved book label of one Thihavsky - Lieutenant Colonel d'Artillerie pasted onto front paste-down. Folio. (405 x 265 mm). Extremeties rubbed, three tiny traces of worming to covers. First and only edition. A report of a commission initiated by the Austrian archduke Charles to investigate effective wood-burning stoves in public and private premises. The furnaces for military facilities, hospitals and schools, prisons and bathing establishments, as well as cooking hobs for public facilities, laundry kettles and stoves for industrial purposes of dyeing and cloth manufacture are shown on the plates, together with thorough tabular listings of production costs, maintenance and consumption data. Furthermore recommendations for furnaces for private use with a… Read More
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Experimental Researches in Electricity
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London: Richard Taylor, 1832. Read November 24, 1831, pp. 125-162. [With]: The Bakerian Lecture: Experimental Researches in Electricity, Second Series... Read January 12, 1832, pp. 163-194. [Within] The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London for the Year 1832: Part I. London: Richard Taylor, 1832. First edition of Faraday's first two papers, from a series of 29 published in Philosophical Transactions starting in 1832. A rare offprint. Comprises: First Series. 1. On the Induction of Electric Currents. 2. On the Evolution of Electricity from Magnetism. 3. On a new Electrical Condition of Matter. 4. On Arago's Magnetic Phenomena. Pages. 125-162, with 1 plate. Read November 24, 1831. Second Series. 5. Terrestrial Magneto-electric Induction. 6. Force and Direction of Magneto-electric Induction generally. Pages 163-194, with 1 plate. Read January 12, 1832. One quarto volume (11 x 9 inches; 290 x 230 mm). With together, two engraved plates related to the Faraday papers, and an… Read More
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Le diverse et artificiose machine del capitano Agostino Ramelli.
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Le diverse et artificiose machine del capitano Agostino Ramelli.

by RAMELLI.

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Paris, in casa del autore, 1588.
Folio [320 x 210 mm], 16 ll., 338 ll., 194 engraved plates including 20 on double-page. Last plate slightly stained, pale waterstain in the lower margin of ll. 58 to 63. Full red morocco, covers decorated, spine ribbed and decorated slightly faded, inner border, gilt edges. Binding from the end of the 17th century.
First edition of Agostino Ramelli's important illustrated treatise, dedicated to this monarch. Ramelli was the Italian engineer of Henry III.
Brunet, IV, 1095; Mortimer, French, 452; Dibner, Heralds of Science, 173; Norman, 1777.
The Duke of Anjou, future Henri III, saved him by paying his ransom when he was dangerously injured and taken prisoner at the siege of La Rochelle in 1573. As Henri III became a king he kept Ramelli close to him by awarding him a considerable pension.
This fundamental treatise of mechanics is therefore dedicated to Henri III and Ramelli expresses all his gratitude towards the royal favour in his dedication.
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Steelmaking Illustrated
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Steelmaking Illustrated

by Talbot, Viva

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Middlesbrough: Hoods Fine Printers, on behalf of the author, 1930. Collection of 16 bound lithographs. Hardcover, 41cm x 28cm. Cream and orange cloth binding, with title and South Durham Cargo Fleet Steel stamped on the covers. Cards are slightly marked. Each titled on the tissue-guard. Titled tissue-guards are present for all 16 lithographs. Some of the tissue guards have very light folds, and the lithographs themselves are in near fine condition. Viva Talbot's importance as an industrial artist of great talent has largely been forgotten, but her unprecedented access to the British steel industry, primarily through her family connections, enabled her to achieve a degree of accuracy and depth that provides valuable historical, industrial, and artistic insight. Her recent small popularity has largely been empowered by the rediscovery of her talent and ability by Dr. Joan Heggie of Teesside University. Scarce.
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