The Steam Engine Familiarly Explained and Illustrated

The Steam Engine Familiarly Explained and Illustrated

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1838 edition. Excerpt: ...to train up young females in the paths of virtue. We are told, moreover, that at least one of the ladies in question has not left the place, but continues even at this day to walk its streets, although it is said that her walks are performed at a time and in a manner which badly comport with the idea of strict propriety! But we have discoursed sufficiently at large--perhaps more than sufficiently--of Miss Martineau's demerits; certainly more than we should have thought it necessary to do, if she stood Vol. i. page 158. alone in her errors. The remainder of this article we devote to the more pleasing task of general description, accompanied by extracts, and a running commentary. Following the advice of the sage in the story, "Belier, mon ami, commencez par le commencement," Miss Martineau's first chapter is appropriated to details of the voyage from Liverpool; lively and amusing enough, although tinctured somewhat liberally with an egotism which would be inexcusable any where save on shipboard. For example: "For some time I was daily baffled in my purpose of writing, by the observation of persons who seemed not only entirely ignorant of the process of composition, but very anxious to learn it. Not only did the children from the steerage spy from behind chests and casks, and peep over my shoulder, but the inquirer about the vhale was wont to place himself directly in front of me, with his arms akimbo, and his eyes fixed on the point of my pen. Somebody gave him a hint at last, and I was left in peace."--Vol. I. p. 19. 0 A curious-looking old gentleman swung himself up, and seem'ed likely to be torn in pieces by the ravenous inquirers for news. He thrust an armful of newspapers among us, and beckoned the captain to the stem, ...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 118 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621980
  • 9781236621986