Although they are rarely seen, steam engines still play an important role in modern society: they are used to drive electrical generators. So Archibald Williams' 1920s work STEAM ENGINES is still remarkably relevant. The book consists of three chapters covering boilers, reciprocating steam engines, and steam turbines - the type used to drive generators. The book provides clear explanations of how the equipment works, and how it evolved from the earliest experiments to full modern (in Williams' day) machines. The text is augmented by 40 diagrams and photographs of steam engines and boilers, some of them large enough to require two-page spreads.
The book is bound in blue bookcloth, and wrapped in a glossy dust jacket with a photograph of everybody's favorite type of steam engine: a railway locomotive.
The book consists of 180 pages, with dimensions of 75 x 55 x 14 mm (2-15/16 x 2-1/8 x 1/2 inches). The edition will be limited to 20 copies, priced $40 each, plus $5 shipping and handling.