These 3 volumes are a 1968 facsimile reprint of the 1862 editions of the books.
These three volumes contain much of the basic history of the development of civil engineering in this country. When they were first printed in 1862, Samuel Smiles was able to gather most of his information from living sources, which brings an immediacy to his writing.
Smiles set himself a monumental task: to describe within the framework of biography the gradual accumulation of technique and method that made the Industrial Revolution possible, and the men who contributed to it. Blind ~Jack of Knaresborough, Rennie, Telford, Smeaton, Brindley and the Duke of Bridgewater, the two Stephensons, and a host of others whose names are household words owe some of their fame to Samuel's chronicle.
With its combination of hearsay and history, Lives of the Engineers is still a most valuable contribution to our knowledge of the Industrial Revolution and the men who made it possible.
Volume 1: 484 pages
Volume 2: 502 pages
Volume 3: 512 pages
All three volumes have their dust jackets which are intact. The dust jackets have a little shelf wear and some fading to the spines. There is a small tear to bottom of the front cover of Volume 2. Inside, for all volumes, the pages are clean and the bindings are sound.