The need for an illustrated and condensed work of reference for the inventor, the mechanical student, the artisan, and the work- ingman with the ambition of an inquiring mind, has become not only apparent to teachers of mechanics, but a real want among all who are interested in mechanical thought and work. It is an interest the growth of which has been greatly encour- aged by the rapid development of the inventive and mechanical arts during the past half century The increasing inquiries from inventors and mechanics, in regard to the principles and facts in constructive and operative mechanics have induced the author to gather such illustrations as have been found available on the subject of mechanical motions, devices, and appliances, and to place them in a form for ready reference with only sufficient text to explain the general principles of construction and operation, and as a partial exhibit of the mechatical forms in general use, with a view to place the largest amount of illustrated information within the limited means of the humblest seeker after mechanical knowledge. The field of illustrated mechanics seems almost unlimited, and with the present effort the author has endeavored partially to fill a void and thus to help the inquirer in ideal and practical mechanics, in the true line of research. Mechanical details can best be presented to the mind by dia- grams or illustrated forms, and this has been generally acknow edged to be the quickest and most satisfactory method of convey ing the exact conditions of mechanical action and construction. Pictures convey to the inquiring mind by instantaneous com- parison what detailed description by its successive presentation of ideas and relational facts fail to do; hence a work that appeals directly to the eye with illustrations and short attached descrip- tions, it is hoped, will become the means of an acceptable form of mechanical education that appeals to modern wants for the en- couragement of inventive thought, through the study of illustra tions and descriptions of the leading known principles and facts in constructive art. The designing of the details of mechanical motion, devices, and appliances for specific purposes is an endless theme in the con- structive mind, and if we may be allowed to judge from the vast number of applications for patents, of which there have been over a million in the United States alone, and of which over six hundred thousand have been granted in consideration of their novelty and utility, the run of mechanical thought seems to have become a vast river in the progress of modern civilization To bring into illustrated detail all the known forms and ele- ments of construction is not within the limit of a human life; but to explore the borders of inventive design through the works that have passed into record has been the principal aim of the author of this book.

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More than 1, engravings — ranging from simple diagrams to detailed cross-sections — illustrate the workings of each item, from simple hooks and levers to complex machinery used in steam, motive, hydraulic, air, and electric power, navigation, gearing, clocks, mining, construction, and more.

Compiled as a ready reference for inventors, students of mechanics, artisans, and other workers, this volume features only minimal text.

Its true value lies in its wealth of illustrated information, offering the quickest and most satisfactory method of conveying the exact conditions of mechanical action and construction. Customer Book Reviews Excellent Reference By Terry Sofian on Dec 27, This book was originally published in and reprinted and enlarged in 16 editions between that date and It has a line drawing and a short description of a wide variety of all sorts of the mechanical things, steam engines, valves, and other pieces of technology.

This will be of tremendous value to anyone exploring some of the lost technology from years ago. The drawings are clear and the text very useful. I really recommend picking this up by anyone interested in the history of steam technology. Excellent illustrations - not a technical manual By Julia A. Lichty on Nov 10, In order to cram that many mechanical bits into so few pages, the illustrations are frequently small, but intensely detailed.

This is great reference material for steampunk, sci-fi, and fantasy artwork, but since each device has only one illustration, it would be next to useless as a technical manual. Admittedly, I was kind of puzzled by the book once I got it as well, until I finally figured out what this book really is.

This book is a puzzle book. This is the book of crossword puzzles for those of us who hate crosswords and love to work with our hands and build stuff.

Interesting movements By John Krysa on Mar 13, This book does indeed contain a large number of mechanical movements, and some of them are just fascinating as you look at them and try to figure out how they work. Other than this, a good way to lose yourself for a few hours at a time. This book consists of extremely tiny drawings, apparently copied from very old patent applications, accompanied by a very brief description of the use for the device.

There is no description of how it works, but that is okay, because the drawings are too small to see the parts anyway. A waste of money without having a magnifying glass, a powerful imagination, a great deal of spare time, and a burning desire to decipher year old designs. Interesting By Amazonian on Feb 03, Lots of neat old stuff. Plenty of brainstorming material for the budding mad scientist. THE book to have on a deserted island. Just nice to allow the brain to take a nice "stroll" through Idea Lane sometimes.

Mechanisms galore! Spurlin on Apr 14, I enjoy this book for the sheer variety of mechanisms it investigates and illustrates to the reader -- horological timekeeping mechanisms, firearms such as the Lebel rifle, simple gear train mechanisms used for a specific purpose -- there are a few of everything inside these pages. Air-powered appliances, mining mechanisms There are a huge number of things in this book, many with an individual blurb explaining specifically the purpose of that mechanism.

Designers, those who are mechanically-minded, and anyone who likes well-designed, complicated things -- all of those readers would enjoy this book. Not least are the well-drafted hand drawings of each mechanism By Bill Fedderson on Dec 24, I bought both this and the "" mechanical movement books. The latter focuses completely on traditional movements, whereas this book is obviously a little more in depth and covers all the same material, making it a much better purchase.

Not a good reference By A. Manoukian on Nov 14, I thought this book could be a good reference for diagrammatic illustrations, but the pictures are too small, and the descriptions under them do not really explain them.

Anyway, it might be of some use sometimes I really liked this book, neat cross section of devices and well organized. I have probably 8 other books of this kind. This book had some devices, that I had not seen before. It does not give the details of size, shape, how to make, how to use. Just a diagram. If you like mechanical devices, this is a good book for you. I keep it at my desk and give it away every year or so to young engineers anxious to reinvent mechanical solutions.

Here is fodder for the seeking mind. The trained eye, personal experience and the need to bring solve mechanical problems make these old books relevant. Some solutions are elegant, some are fraught with inefficiency that make them their own sort of application curious, all of the designs have worked for their purpose to make the collection. The visual enjoyment and puzzle aspect to visualize just how these solutions work make them fun.

No need to reinvent the variable transverse drive. Lots of samples, low on details By Mark Twain on Apr 20, In order to fit all these examples in one book the amount of description for each item is rather brief. You might have a single small cross section of an entire machine with a two sentence description. I love this book and all of the drawings, as a mechanical engineer, this is a must have!

By Mike Collins on Aug 04, Being a mechanical engineer, this little handbook is awesome for a bathroom companion! Now this book entertains me for hours! Fun for the gearhead s in your household By Bruce W.

Jones on Feb 27, More a history than a how to. Des Bromilow on Apr 09, basically this is a vast collection of various mechanical designs, showing how previous people have solved problems. There is little critique of the designs, so some may prove weak, or difficult, but it is an excellent sourcebook for ideas. By Techie on Oct 16, Would be good as a reference for possible classical problem solutions, but only so far as identifying potential options.

I was hoping to get a more technical manual with more of the details about how mechanisms worked. Instead, you get a HUGE compilation of mechanisms, with the majority being exceedingly under-explained, with extremely intricate mechanisms scaled down so small as to be nearly impossible to decipher by intuition, even for the technical minded. If you had each variation next to each other, it would actually be helpful.

Instead they are all scattered about, and their individual differences are largely obscured. Instead of being thorough, it just appears to be sloppy editing. Could be great if it were MUCH more detailed in descriptions and the schematics were bigger. I guess for the money, i got more than I should have expected. But I would much rather have paid x more for a legitimate, well explained version of all the content that the author attempts to shoe-horn here. A historic gem on s engineering that has been butchered.

Bond on Jun 20, This is a poor reproduction of a facinating engineering book. The clockwork section is also interesting to people facinated by clocks. The problem is that almost all the technology discussed no longer exists. Modern steam is very different, modern sailing bears absolutely no relationship to the hemp knots, wood sheaves and lug sails shown. Clockwork is a historic novelty these days.

The original, in must have been a gem but it is apparent that compiling and publishing this edition was a quick and dirty excercise to make a quick buck.

Sections are in the wrong place, parts of chapters have become misplaces and some diagrams have the wrong captions. As an insight into the state of engineering in the early s, the book is interesting. As an inspiration for modern engineering, you may well be wasting your time.

A favorite resource for inventors. This book is great for idea generation but due to the large number of machines covered little detail is given about any particular item.

Very entertaining book, you will keep going back to for inspiration By Amazon Customer on Mar 16, If you like mechanical contraptions of all kinds this is a book you will enjoy.

The text is very limited so you will have to exercise your inner mechanical genius to figure out how things work, which in reality is not that difficult in most cases. There are a lot of neat concepts in here, By Steven M on Jul 25, There are a lot of neat concepts in here, and just flipping through the pages can fill your mind with mechanical concepts. However, there are many complex drawings that are just impossible to interpret. There is no way around that.

It just has a bunch of tiny pictures. It is not a how to do book, it is, find an idea book, about how you can make something work. Because, all the ideas in the book worked. I only wish I had purchased this sooner By Problems Solved on Aug 28, This is a beautiful interpretation of many antiquated designs illustrated well and easily used to breed thoughts during a design session.

An absolute must read for any mechanical engineer looking for creative ways to create mechanical motion. Superb examples of brilliant key features in engineering By Jonathan on Oct 02, Very nice book on basic engineering. This should be a compulsory textbook for schools teaching physics or applied mathematics.

Actually, it should be introduced far earlier. Does not provide machining details but certainly keeps the knowlege in front of you as to how such things are constructed. Essential for the reconstruction of technology and civilisation if it should ever be destroyed Revert to basic mechanics By Gene Young on Sep 25, Some devices could use a more detailed representation. Some movements stimulate other designs thoughts for more and hopefully better creativity.

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