London: John Murray, 1860. Octavo. Bound in publisher's green cloth, embossed panelling to boards, gilt titles and gilt steam engine to spine. Includes portrait of Stephenson and illustrative woodcuts. With binder's ticket at rear. Tenth thousand. Binding is somewhat rubbed, frayed at spine ends, corners bumped, joints starting. Internally clean and free from spotting. Binder's ticket, "Bound by Edmonds and Remnants, London". A biography of the inventor of the steam engine by the famous, or perhaps infamous, Victorian author of "Self-Help". This was the first biography in what would become a series on the lives of great men of industry and business, which led George Bernard Shaw to describe Smiles as a "modern Plutarch" Item #43344
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