Chicago, IL: Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very good condition. Item #019857
Twelve monthly issues bound into one volume. Each issue has stiff paper covers, printed on the exterior only, which are not included in the pagination. All 12 volumes have 14 pages of preliminary text, with the exception of volume 5 which has 12 pages. Following the preliminary text, Vols. 1-5 have 36 pages, and Vols. 6-12 have 40 pages which is a listing of items available and identified as a Stock List. The preliminary text contains business articles, announcements of deaths, news of old and new firms, trade notes, personal statements, offerings of new and second-hand tools and machinery wanted and for sale, as well as job postings in the industry. The issues are bound in reverse chronological order starting with the most recent (December). There is an extra issue of February bound in at the front. While the other 12 issues have brittle but intact covers, the front cover of this extra issue is torn, and the rear cover is detached and chipped. Several pages of one issue have bent corners, resulting in a small chip to the top corner (detached piece retained). Minor soiling to several page edges. Illustrated with numerous woodcut depictions of machinery, tools, bolts, etc. Bound in black half-leather, with gilt spine lettering intact, though the spine leather suffers some crazing (surface cracking) and rubbing. The exterior hinges are cracked, remaining intact and functional. The inner front hinge of the binding is starting, remaining intact. Measures just over 7 inches (height). Previous owners' name on the front endpaper. First edition.