Some Sea Specialties.
First edition of what appears to be the first issue of this attractive and unusual promotional publication. Uncommon, three locations for this issue on OCLC, Yale, Columbia and New York Historical Society, and two locations for short broken runs, NYPL with the present issue together with 1902 and 1906, and Texas A & M with 1900 Winter, 1901 Spring, 1902 and 1904. The plates are of a range of recently-launched vessels, from the British Torpedo Boat Destroyer Viper to the People’s Evening Line Steamer Adirondack, interspersed with nautically-themed advertising, including “David Kahnweiler’s Sons US Regulation Improved Patent Life Preservers”, “The Blake Marine Pumps, the Standard!”, and the “See Patent Evaporator, Distiller and Feed Water Heater”. Horace See, (1835-1909), was an American mechanical engineer and inventor who began his career working in machine shops, later becoming superintendent of the George Snyder Machine Works in Philadelphia, and following service in the Civil War, superintendent of engineering at Cramp and Sons in Philadelphia. He was president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1888-9.
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Landscape octavo. Original green buckram, title gilt to the front board, panels in blind to both. Pictorial title page in red, green and black, loose, pictorial title page in black and white, 17 tissue-guarded plates, and numerous illustrated advertisements.