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GUEST, Richard.


A Compendious History of the Cotton-Manufacture; with a disproval of the claim of Sir Richard Arkwright to the invention of its ingenious machinery. Manchester: Printed by Joseph Pratt, Chapel Walks, and sold by E. Thomson… 1823.

Price £ GBP 850.00

Large 4to, 2 leaves, pp. (3)–70, (3), and 12 plates (3 lithographed and 9 engraved). Original drab boards (neatly rebacked, sides rubbed and corners a little worn), uncut. First two leaves and free endpaper somewhat browned, light foxing on the plates, some light browning towards the end.

FIRST EDITION of the earliest history of the cotton industry. Although it is heavily biased in favour of the claims of Kaye and Highs as the true inventors of Arkwright’s cotton machinery, the book is nevertheless a key source of information on both Arkwright and other contemporary figures, on the machinery itself, and on the social changes wrought by the huge growth in the industry brought about by mechanisation. The lithographed plates, which are early examples of lithography, show the old methods of weaving, and the engraved plates are a fine series of detailed views of the new machinery.

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