Savage of King's Lynn: Inventor of Machines and Merry-go-rounds
by David Braithwaite

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ISBN Number: 0850593336
Hardback with dustjacket
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Patrick Stephens Ltd

Extremely rare fairground book. The cover note states:

"Frederick Savage belonged to a generation of agricultural engineers who, in the latter half of the 19th century, built threshing machines, steam engines and ploughs. In the case of Savage these skills were further developed to meet the up-and-coming need for steam fairground machinery of many kinds. The diversification of his talents did not end here, however; late in the history of the company a pioneer car plant came near to realisation and, during the First World War, a sortie was made into aircraft manufacture.

David Braithwaite sets the scene for the main part of the work with a description of rural life in the late 1800s. The contemporary notes of a journalist, William Sparkes, provide a finite source of information on the life and work of Frederick Savage, who is seen to be a man of vision and dedication. The body of this profusely illustrated book concentrates on the development of Frederick Savage's engineering firm from the first agricultural implements to the most elaborate merry-go-rounds.

The illustrations from this book have been drawn from many sources, but chiefly from the Savage company archives. They show original plans, finished machines, characters and events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries."

Condition: Very good with very good dustjacket, slightly worn along top edge (click on image above for close-up).

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