Men of Invention and Industry – Samuel Smiles (1897)

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Men of Invention and Industry – Samuel Smiles (1897)

S$126.00

Title: Men of Invention and Industry

Author: Samuel Smiles

Publisher: John Murray, 1897.

Condition: Full leather, fine prize binding. Near fine condition. An absolutely beautiful book with very little wear, with marbled edges and endpapers. Prize plate on endpapers, very slight foxing. Binding tight, text clean. App. 7″ by 5″.

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Description

An interesting book by the author of “Self-Help”, with biographies of the inventors and introducers of the screw propeller, the marine chronometer, the silk industry, the stream-printing machine and other 19th century devices.

About the author (from Wikipedia):

Samuel Smiles (23 December 1812 – 16 April 1904), was a Scottish author and government reformer who campaigned on a Chartist platform. But he concluded that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws. His masterpiece, Self-Help (1859), promoted thrift and claimed that poverty was caused largely by irresponsible habits, while also attacking materialism and laissez-faire government. It has been called “the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism”, and it raised Smiles to celebrity status almost overnight.