Outspinning the Spider: The Story of Wire and Wire Rope. John Kimberly Mumford.
Outspinning the Spider: The Story of Wire and Wire Rope
Outspinning the Spider: The Story of Wire and Wire Rope

Outspinning the Spider: The Story of Wire and Wire Rope

New York: Robert L. Stillson Co. (1921). Single volume measuring 8.25 x 6 inches, 137 pp. Grey paper wrappers lettered in black and silver, pastedown illustration of the Brooklyn Bridge to upper wrapper, ivory endpapers. Black and white illustrations throughout text. Light dampstain to endpapers and upper corner of last few pages.

First edition of this illustrated popular history of “the age of wire,” focusing primarily on the legacy of civil engineer John Roebling, whose innovations in wire rope construction made the Brooklyn Bridge possible. “Anybody, perhaps, can build a wire bridge now; perhaps, too, somebody some day can build one with more of simple grace and slender beauty, but it is certain nobody ever has.” A near-fine tribute to modern American industry and ingenuity, with a striking pictorial cover.

Price: $125.00

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