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LEMPRIERE, Charles (edited by). The Factories And Industries Of The World. Illustrated. Published Monthly... A Pictorial, Descriptive, Scientific and Historical Epitome of the Principal Factories and Industries of the World.
London: Publishing Offices, Three Tuns Passage... (1882). Vol. 1, No. 1 (all published). Tall 4to., original printed wrappers, 1 page advert, (2), 8, (4)pp. ads. With four chromolithographs. Some chipping along the spine, small chip out of the lower edge of the upper wrapper which also has a 4” closed tear, a few short tears, and a crease down the centre where it has been folded in half—still, a better than very good copy of the only issue of this periodical.

Only one location (British Library) in OCLC. The originators of this magazine hope to disseminate information about factories and industries that “now reaches the public in an isolated, and perhaps scant form” by “concentrating in a collection of articles, the materials for which, together with illustrations of factories, exterior and interior, and other public works of industry and specialities...” Each lithograph is accompanied by descriptive text on the facing page. The illustrations in this issue show “The Cunard Line, Royal Mail ship Servia”, “South View Gidlow Works, Wigan”, “Heapey Bleach Works” and “John Brinsmead & Son, Pianoforte Works, Grafton Road-London.” The editor, Charles Lempriere (1818-1901) was educated at Oxford and was called to the bar in 1844. He became involved in Conservative politics, acting as the Tory agent for the Oxford University seat. He engaged in “risky financial ventures, the consequences of which involved him in difficulties lasting almost until his death.” His financial schemes led him to travel extensively in Egypt, the Near East, Mexcio and the United States. His book The American Crisis Considered gave vigourous support to the Confederacy. Involvement in an election scandal in 1867 caused him to leave for America where, in 1872, he founded a colony of young Englishmen in Virginia, along the lines of that attempted by Thomas Hughes in Tennessee. “The colony failed, the colonists were half starved” and he returned to England in 1879. .

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