Fitzgerald (1866) The Boston Machinist – 1st


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Fitzgerald, Walter.  The Boston Machinist; Being a Complete School for the Apprentice as Well as the Advanced Machinist. Showing How to Make and Use Every Tool in Every Branch of the Business; with a Treatise on Screw and Gear Cutting. (New York: John Wiley & Son, 1866)

SextoDecimo (16mo). vi, [7-8], 9-80 +one page adv. Hardcover. Bound in brown pebble-textured paper-covered boards stamped with double ruled frame in blind and title/author in gilt on front cover. Spine blank

Condition: VG. FFE excised, notes in pencil on front pastedown and first blank page. Rear pastedown shows wrinkling likely from damp and notes on rear endpaper and pastedown. also in pencil. Hinges solid but starting. Moderate foxing throughout.  All plates appear present. Binding solid, corners show wear, slight curl to boards. A better copy of a workman’s daily reference.

Walter Scott Fitzgerald billed himself as an inventor and mechanical engineer. Based on a patent filed in his name by his wife, he died prior to 1903.