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Engineering

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.



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

  • Used
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
London, United Kingdom
Item Price
$1,827.00

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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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$1,827.00
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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  • very good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
Third Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Item Price
$5,000.00

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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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$5,000.00
Technology of Synthetic Polymers
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Technology of Synthetic Polymers: in its Chemical and Physical Aspects

by R. Houwink

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
presumed first
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Newark, Delaware
Item Price
$199.99

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This is a hardbound copy of one of the seminal books in polymer science and technology. It is the 1947 publication, presumed first edition, and is ex-library, with stamp and written cataloging on the front flyleaves and a pocket/card on the back flyleaf. 219 pages with tables and index. Cover is sunned and has a stain at upper center; spine has sunning and wear, particularly at the top as shown; pages may be slightly browned; and slight separation from front spine, also shown. Good clean interior with no markings.
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$199.99
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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  • Hardcover
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Moray, United Kingdom
Item Price
$1,512.00

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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. "Viewing the logic of self-replication and self-reproduction through the lens of formal logic and and… Read More
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$1,512.00
The Bridge Over the Delaware River Connecting Philadelphia, Pa. and Camden, N.J.: Final Report of...
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The Bridge Over the Delaware River Connecting Philadelphia, Pa. and Camden, N.J.: Final Report of the Board of Engineers to the Delaware River Bridge Joint Commission of the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey

by Modjeski, Ralph; Webster, George S.; Ball, Laurence A.

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Item Price
$309.00

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Camden, N.J.: Delaware River Bridge Joint Commission, 1927. Hardcover. Very Good. 157, [1] p., frontispiece and 24 leaves of plates (1 folded): map, plans, elevations, tables, photographs; 31 x 54 cm. Dark green cloth over flexible board with gilt-stamped cover title: The Delaware River Bridge Connecting Philadelphia, Pa. and Camden, N.J. Dark green endpapers. Text block is stapled. The frontispiece is a photograph of the bridge. The architect was Paul P. Cret, and the consulting engineers were Daniel E. Moran and Edward A. Byrne. A heavy book; for international shipping, it will have to be sent by priority international. In Very Good Condition: cover is soiled and rubbed; closed 4-cm. tear from lower edge of front free endpaper and frontispiece; the latter also has a closed 2-cm. tear from the fore-edge; otherwise, pages and plates are clean and tight.
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$309.00
Reports on Canals, Railways, Roads, and Other Subjects, Made to "The Pennsylvania Society...
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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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$1,442.00
A Muzzle Loading Pistol You Can Build For Under $10
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A Muzzle Loading Pistol You Can Build For Under $10

by McCrory, R.H.

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  • Paperback
Condition
Used- Good
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Longmont, Colorado
Item Price
$450.00

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R.H. McCrory,1963. Paperback. Used- Good. Book is clean and tight. Book shows some shelf wear. Light scuffing on the edges and corners. Light bumping on the bottom of the spine. Name written in pen on the top edge on the inside of the front cover. No further markings on the inside of the book. Photos are of the book we have here at Barbed Wire Books.
Item Price
$450.00
The Encyclopedia of American Lafrance
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The Encyclopedia of American Lafrance: Supplement One

by Robert B. Marvin, D.P.A.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Newberry Springs, California
Item Price
$190.00

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No markings other than previous owner stamp on title page. Looks unread inside. Very minor shelf wear. Rubbing has deglossed elevated points of leatherette textured cover, mostly on back cover, one barely detectable 2 inch scratch on back cover. 12 sections, mostly photos and diagrams. Continuation of basic text, pp577-816 (239 pages).
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$190.00
Worthington Pump Handbook. Design, Construction, and Application of All Commercial Pumps, with...
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Worthington Pump Handbook. Design, Construction, and Application of All Commercial Pumps, with laid in Trade Standards in the Pump Industry

by Worthington Engineers

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Bloomington, Indiana
Item Price
$300.00

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New York: Worthington Pump and Machinery Corporation, 1927. First Edition, First Issue, Total Issue 10,000, 1927. Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering. 8vo, 74, 63, 19, 28, 144, 26, 47, 37 (Tables), 20 (Index), (4) pp. Profusely illustrated, with tables and 2 fold-out charts. Near Fine, prior owner name and city front paste down. Together with laid-in "Trade Standards in the Pump Industry", Recommended by The Hydraulic Society, 1921, published by Worthington Machinery Company, 8vo, printed brown stapled wrappers, 18 pages. Near Fine. Henry R. Worthington, (1817-1880), was the inventor of the direct acting steam pump and one of the founding members of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He started the Worthington Pump Works in 1845, which in 1899 became the Steam Pump Company. That was followed in 1916 by the Worthington Pump and Machinery Corp., which from 1952-1967 was the Worthington Corporation, and in 1967 merged into Studebaker. While the Handbook is not limited in… Read More
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$300.00
Nebraska Tractor Tests Since 1920 (Crestline agricultural series)

Nebraska Tractor Tests Since 1920 (Crestline agricultural series)

by C.H. Wendel

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  • as new
  • Hardcover
Condition
As New
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780912612249
ISBN 10
091261224X
Seller
Temple, Texas
Item Price
$109.95

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Like new condition
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$109.95
Science Model Making

Science Model Making: By Robert R. Hopwood

by Hopwood, Robert R.

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good-
Edition
4th American Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 13
9780719506727
ISBN 10
0719506727
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$350.00

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Science Model-Making (1963 Macmillan 1st/4th. Am. Ed. w/Dj) Hopwood, Robert R.: Science Model Making. PHYSICS. MODEL-MAKING. Macmillan First American Edition, stated 4th printing thus 1963. EXLIB. Good Condition/ Good- Rare Original Dust Jacket. Front flap states $4.95 original price. Written by physics master Robert R. Hopwood. These projects are Illustrated with over 100 diagrams on: Astronomical telescope/One transistor radio receiver/ microscope/ steam turbine/ pocket sundial/ electric motor. "Science Model Making is a complete guide to the construction of operating models, and brings together in one volume projects from the various fields of science that hobbyists and amateur scientists like to make. " Ships from United States.
Item Price
$350.00
The Adventure of Wrangel Island.

The Adventure of Wrangel Island.

by Vilhjalmur Stefansson

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  • good
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$300.00

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The Adventure of Wrangel Island, Alaska (1925 Macmillan 1st Edition) HISTORY OF ALASKA. The story of the (unsuccessful) attempted colonization of Wrangel Island Alaska. EXLIB. Good Condition/ No DJ included. Fold-out map affixed to binding. 413 pages plus appendix, Index. Titling is still bright. A clean, solid copy. Scarce.
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$300.00
The Rocket Book
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The Rocket Book

by Newell, Peter

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  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Good+
Edition
First Printing Thus.
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Salem, Oregon
Item Price
$200.00

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By Peter Newell, author of "The Hole Book". The Rocket Book, Harper & Brothers Stated October, 1912 First Printing. USED. GOOD+ CONDITION/ NO DUST JACKET INCLUDED. 7 1/8 X 8 7/8. Seller's Note: Sadly, (no one is sadder than me) the Front paper paste-down label has been removed from cover. Almost no glue remains on gray cloth front board. Gray cloth boards show their age but are not split. Minor corner-bumps. No titling on spine if printed there originally. Pages are all present, in nice shape, and affixed to binding. HOLE-DRILLED straight through the book. SUMMARY: "In this consummately illustrated story, the janitor's mischievous son lights a rocket hidden in the basement of a towering building, a skyscraper by the era's standards, and sends it blasting vertically upward. Each page depicts the ruckus the rocket creates as it rips through the twenty-one floors — through a writer's typewriter, through a taxidermist's prized walrus head, through the silverware drawer as a burglar is about to… Read More
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$200.00
Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders
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Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders: Engineering, Building

by Harry Parker M.S.

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  • Hardcover
Condition
Used
Edition
Second Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Seller
Lake Oswego , Oregon
Item Price
$100.00

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This book is in great condition! No ripped or torn pages, no missing pages, the cover is in great condition as well as the binding. No discoloration or fading. Near perfect condition! "To the average young architectural draftsman builder, the problem of selecting the proper structural member for given conditions appears to be a very difficult task. "- Harry Parker Copyright 1938,1947 Second Edition Published in LondonTravel back in time and learn about how we went about architectural design and building in 1938. Graphs, Tables, Timber Construction, Reinforced Concrete, Steel Construction, Rood trusses,Direct Stresses, Stresses with new names, Lengthening and shortening of bars, Moments, Reactions of Beam.
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$100.00
[Armory Show] 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Program
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[Armory Show] 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering Program

by [Armory Show]

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  • Paperback
  • first
Condition
Used
Binding
Paperback
Seller
Louisville, Kentucky
Item Price
$225.00

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New York: The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc. and Experiments in Art and Technology, 1966. Softcover, staple-bound event catalog, 16 pages; very good condition: folded horizontally at center as issued, some wrinkling to corners; no internal marks. Includes: John Cage, Lucinda Childs, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Ranier, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor, Robert Whitman.
Each artist featured on a full page, with their schematic diagram for the Theatre Electronic Environmental Modulator (TEEM) system developed for this performance series at the top followed by performance notes on their contribution. These schematics overlaid form the cover.
Item Price
$225.00