London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1872. First edition. Original Cloth w/gilt title & design on cover. Octavo, pp. xii, 388 (Vol I), vii, 403 (Vol II), indexed at end of each volume, illustrated w/engravings, diagrams, fold-outs, frontis engraving of Trevithick, pubs ads. Good, mild ex-library, corners bumped. Item #3210
Complete biography of true inventor of steam locomotive engine. "He went on to design the highly-successful Cornish boiler, made improvements to his steam engine, designed agricultural machinery and even produced a Thames dredger. All that was lacking in Trevithick's make up was a proper business sense - he never fully capitalised on the work he did." (from www.cottontimes.co.uk).