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"The American Machinists' Handbook and dictionary of shop terms: a reference book of machine shop and drawing room data, methods and definitions.

This is an extremely rare edition of the American Machinists' Handbook, published by McGraw-Hill in 1932 and co-edited by Fred H. Colvin, Frank A. Stanley. In fact, there were only 5,000 first printing copies released.

The book is in very used condition. The binding is loose and the front few pages are not attached (but still in the book). Adding to the charm of such a well-loved, well-used book are the oil stains from a Mr. Elmer C. Manrill of Detroit, Michigan, whose name is inscribed quite beautifully on the first page.

Though this book may not be in pristine condition, it embodies the authentic reality of a life long ago. Imagine, Mr. Manrill, in the 1930s when Detroit was soaring, turning the pages with his oil-stained hands anxiously awaiting what his future would hold.

This book is a true gem.

Rare American Machinists' Handbook Fifth Ed, 1st Priniting


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: paper, leather
  • Only ships within United States.
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