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Mateaux, C. L., Wonderland of Work, London, Paris, & New York, Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co, n.d. [c. 1880], sm. 4to (10.5" x 7.75"), HB, Decorative endpapers (light green/beige leafy pattern), beveled edges, brown cloth, elaborately illustrated trade binding w/ black & gilt titling, VG- / none.

Corners bumped & a bit exposed. Minor loss to spine head & tail, some rubbing to front board. Preliminary leaf betw. title page & table of contents (dedication page?) missing. Bottom 3" of hinge starting. Pages age-toned, eps faded at edges, o/w internally clean. 312 pp., profuse b&w steel-engraved illustrations. Sections on various trades, such as toy making, clock making, forestry, glass making, iron & steel, mining, and more. Contents: Old King Coal At Home and Abroad; The Lights of London; Striking a Light; Concerning Iron and Steel; "The Toy-Shop of the World"; Our Knives and Forks and Spoons; Tool, Chain, and Nail Making; Forest Timber--Its Story and Its Uses; Furniture and Furniture-Makers; Stick, Whip and Umbrella Making; Our Clocks and Watches; Toys, Old and New; Glass, and How it is Made; China and China-Making; Leather and Leather-Workers; Kid Gloves; Things that are Done With.    [Book ID # 105]

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