Lives of the Engineers. (Embankments and Canals - Vermuyden; Myddleton; Perry; Brindley. Harbours, Lighthouses, and Bridges - Smeaton; Rennie. Roads - Metcalf; Telford. Steam Engine - Boulton and Watt. Locomotive - George and Robert Stephenson).
London: John Murray, 1874 - 1879. 5 volume set, 7.5 inches tall. Splendid mid Victorian half calf with gilt raised bands, twin labels and elegant tooling to the panels. Illustrated with 9 steel engraved portraits and 342 engraved vignettes. An inspiration to the children of the Empire, Smiles, the master of self-help and a great reformer and liberal, tells the tales of the lives of these great Engineers with great colour and vigour.