PRACTICAL SHIPBUILDING, by A. Campbell Holms - 1918 [2 Vols]


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Practical Shipbuilding: A Treatise on the Structural Design and Building of Modern Steel Vessels - 2 Volumes

by A. Campbell Holms

Two Volumes. One Volume of Text and One Volume of Diagrams. London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras: Longmans, Green and Co., 1918.

Hardbacks are overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volumes feature blue cloth covers with gilt on spines and front cover of Vol 2.
  • Books display commensurate aging and wear overall.
  • Covers show overall dust, some fading, scuffing, and significant edgewear. 
  • Vol 1:
    • a small 0.75" damp stain is visible at foot edge of front, as well as fading to back cover;
    • boards are exposed at corners. Back corners show some bumping, with a more pronounced bump to head corner; 
    • spine is sunned with faded gilt, and displays softening and rubbing to ends, as well as a 3.5" crack along head part of back shoulder, with fraying;
    • front endpaper has signature from previous owner dated Christmas 1920;
    • back hinge is cracked;
    • head of textblock is foxed. (See photos for all details)
  • Vol 2: 
    • covers display overall edgewear with occasional bumping along edges and corners, and exposed boards at corners;
    • front cover has gilt lettering still bright;
    • spine has softened and frayed ends, with a 0.5" chip to head;
    • fold-out diagram has a 0.75" horizontal tear on gutter side;
    • diagrams are otherwise intact and well preserved with gentle aging;
    • back fep has paper clip mark at head corner. (See photos for all details)
  • Bindings have some play, along with some issues as stated per volume.
  • Feps occasionally show creasing and corner creasing.
  • Interior is gently toned in both volumes.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges exhibit commensurate toning with dust along head. 
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20200115

637 pages (Vol 1) +115 plates (Vol 2). Vol 1: 6.75 x 10 inches. Vol 2: 15.75 x 12.75 inches.

Both volumes feature blue cloth covers with gilt on spine and front cover of second volume.

Volume one is with text. Volume two has diagrams. Volume one includes a Preface to the Third Edition as well as the original Preface. Volume two features fold-out diagrams at end. 

Title continues: "The Work of Construction, from the Making of the Raw Material to the Equipped Vessel, including Subsequent Up-Keep and Repairs." This is a complete, detailed and efficient guide to the art and science of shipbuilding, with all that needs to be known about the material, the structures to build, and other details for a successful result. The first volume is divided in two parts.

Archibald Campbell Holms (1861-1964) was a Scottish shipbuilding expert and spiritualist.

EDITION POINTS: copyright page mentions three editions with three new impressions.

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