[Rockford, Illinois]: Rockford Gazette Steam Print, [ca. 1875]. First edition. 24mo, original pictorial printed orange wrappers, 24 pages. Illus. A trifle dust soiled; a very good copy. Item #16370
"These machines are in demand not only by professional men with mechanical taste, for purposes of recreation and profit, but also for boys. There is hardly any form of education more advantageous than that which gives a practical knowledge of mechanical tools and skill in using them. Many a boy has been saved from vice by his growing interest in working with tools." A catalog of patent foot-powered saws and lathes, with ample testimonials (at least a couple dated late 1874). Also includes cuts of patterns for builders' brackets as one might see buttressing a Victorian porch or soffit. OCLC notes scattered holdings of several 19th century Barnes price lists, none seemingly earlier and none at more than two locations.