This is an incredible rare book, "The Boy Mechanic: 700 Things for Boys to Do" by Popular Mechanics. Published in 1913, this is the true first edition with no volume number...when this book was first published, they must not have known that this book was going to be a great success and become a multi volume series. Most of the time you find this book, it is the "Book 1" version, indicative of later editions. Don't be fooled. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION that started the series. I have searched major collectible booksellers all over...and while the Book 1 version is available, the true first edition, without the Book 1 on the cover, is nowhere to be found. Deemed culturally significant, this book is now available as a modern reprint....but who wants a reprint when you can have, and afford, the real thing? 4 volumes were created, and this set has been reprinted multiple times, the latest printing apparently in 2010.
This book is awesome! Full of experiments, mechanical assemblies, construction projects, etc., this book outlines hours of entertainment value...and that's just reading about what to do. Imagine doing the projects! This books shows you how to construct wireless outfits, boats, camp equipment, aerial gliders, kites, self-propelled vehicles, engines, motors, electrical apparatus, cameras, and hundreds of other things which delight every boy. See the picture illustrating how to drive a washing machine using a motorcycle...check out that bike!
The book is in good used condition, considering it is 100 years old. There is no dust jacket. The cover has surface soiling, the corners are worn through, and there is wear on the spine edges, presumably by years of use by a zealous boy, but the cover still retains a great image and relatively bright graphics. The inside page liner was tore away at some time, but has been glued back in place. The book is inscribed, as shown.
This book displays well, and reads even better. Perfect that that industrious young man, or as a antique accent with an industrial flair.
If this book was in fine condition, it would easily be worth a couple of hundred dollars, because of is popularity, age, rarity, and cultural significance. As the true first edition, this book becomes even more important and valuable. This has been priced accordingly based on condition.
Item ID: HJ-156