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BLACKSMITHS AND WORKERS IN STEEL AND IRON, WAGON-MAKERS,
FOR MEN OF SCIENCE AND ART.
AN ACCOUNT OF
RECENT IMPROVEMENTS IN STEEL,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1873, by
HENRY CAREY BAIRD,
PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION.
The undersigned has much pleasure in presenting to the American Public a new and improved edition of so well known, and so valuable and popular a book as “Overman's Manufacture of Steel.”
The Editor, Professor Fesquet, has added an account of the various new processes of Steel Manufac
ture, which have been practically tested, and are fully l'approved, and it is believed that in its new form, the volume must prove even more acceptable in the future than it has done in the past.
H. C. B.
May 15, 1873.
AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
The manufacture of steel is unnecessarily shrouded in mystery, which has been the cause of its being not more generally in application than it is at the present time. Steel is a superior metal for most purposes where metals are used, and its manufacture cannot be too much cultivated. A principal obstacle to its more general introduction is its high price; to effect a reduction in which, has been the aim of the author of this work.
We compare favourably in most branches of manufacture, and indeed eclipse other nations, except in the manufacture of steel. Yet we have materials in abundance, and of excellent quality for the purpose; and it needs but proper application to ensure success.