A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON RAIL-ROADS, AND INTERIOR COMMUNICATION IN GENERAL. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE PERFORMANCES OF THE DIFFERENT LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES AT AND SUBSEQUENT TO THE LIVERPOOL CONTEST; UPWARDS OF TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY EXPERIMENTS; WITH TABLES OF THE COMPARATIVE VALUE OF CANALS AND RAIL-ROADS, AND THE POWER OF THE PRESENT LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES. ILLUSTRATED BY NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS... FIRST AMERICAN, FROM THE SECOND ENGLISH EDITION, WITH CORRECTIONS, NOTES, AND ADDITIONS; ALSO, AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF A NUMBER OF RAIL-ROADS IN EUROPE, AND IN THE UNITED STATES. Nicholas Wood.
A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON RAIL-ROADS, AND INTERIOR COMMUNICATION IN GENERAL. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE PERFORMANCES OF THE DIFFERENT LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES AT AND SUBSEQUENT TO THE LIVERPOOL CONTEST; UPWARDS OF TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY EXPERIMENTS; WITH TABLES OF THE COMPARATIVE VALUE OF CANALS AND RAIL-ROADS, AND THE POWER OF THE PRESENT LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES. ILLUSTRATED BY NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS... FIRST AMERICAN, FROM THE SECOND ENGLISH EDITION, WITH CORRECTIONS, NOTES, AND ADDITIONS; ALSO, AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF A NUMBER OF RAIL-ROADS IN EUROPE, AND IN THE UNITED STATES.

A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON RAIL-ROADS, AND INTERIOR COMMUNICATION IN GENERAL. CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE PERFORMANCES OF THE DIFFERENT LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES AT AND SUBSEQUENT TO THE LIVERPOOL CONTEST; UPWARDS OF TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY EXPERIMENTS; WITH TABLES OF THE COMPARATIVE VALUE OF CANALS AND RAIL-ROADS, AND THE POWER OF THE PRESENT LOCOMOTIVE ENGINES. ILLUSTRATED BY NUMEROUS ENGRAVINGS... FIRST AMERICAN, FROM THE SECOND ENGLISH EDITION, WITH CORRECTIONS, NOTES, AND ADDITIONS; ALSO, AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF A NUMBER OF RAIL-ROADS IN EUROPE, AND IN THE UNITED STATES.

Philadelphia: Carey & Lea; Griggs & Dickinson, Printers, 1832. xxvi, 592pp, one folding table, plus ten plate illustrations/diagrams [9 of which are folding plates]. Bound in attractive, modern half calf and marbled boards, with gilt spine rules and gilt-stamped spine title, marbled endpapers. All text present but, after page 552, a number of leaves are bound out of order: ([1]-552, 561-568, 553-560, 577-584, 569-576, 593-598, [1-errata], [1-binder's instructions], [585]-592 pp). Light scattered toning and foxing. Except as noted, Very Good.

The first American edition of the first comprehensive book [with Thomas Tredgold's 'Treatise' published the same year] on railway engineering. As Wikipedia notes, Wood "analysed the various types of 'motive power' then in use: self-acting planes, fixed steam-engine planes, horses and steam locomotives." He also presented evidence on the superiority of railroads to canal transportation.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Dibner, Heralds of Science 182. Thomson 691. OCLC notes 9 copies under 7 accession numbers as of December 2018. Item #35565

Price: $275.00