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Robbo16/03/2017 22:51:52
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Machinery's Handbook :

7th Edition, 1928, 1592 pages. 14th Edition, 1950, 1911 pages

Just keeps growing........

JA16/03/2017 23:35:38
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We were having a thorough clear out of the office (5S, if that means anything) at work 15 or so years ago -

"Kemps Engineers Year Book 1974, any use".

"No, who does it belong to?".

"The works library".

"But that closed five years ago. Chuck it".

"Thanks" and I put it in my bag. A most useful book.


Enough!16/03/2017 23:55:57
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 28/02/2017 15:38:03:

As compensation, however, why not download the 1914 edition and have a clear conscience (out of copyright and lots of gems):

That's interesting actually. Industrial Press produced a replica edition of this in 2008 which they gave away with the 28th Desk Edition - which I have (easier on the eyes). They show continuous copyrights from 1914 thru' 2008 which is presumably still in force.

Cyril Bonnett17/03/2017 01:30:25
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Is it not the case that you can reprint an out of copyright book and then claim the copyright


Google has been mining as well

Alan Charleston17/03/2017 06:16:10
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I've got my Grandfathers 1914 Fifth Edition which I still use. Tapers, threadforms, involute gear cutters etc. don't seem to have changed - I hope.


Alan C.

Simon036217/03/2017 08:46:37
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I have a copy of the American Machinists' Handbook by Colwin and Stanley, 2nd edition dated 1914 that I picked up for 10€ in a Paris 2nd hand bookshop - I confess that I have only skimmed through it and usually dive to Google for any data since the time taken to hunt the information down far exceeds today's search engines.

That being said, my quick flick through revealed an interesting way to measure 3 flute tools using a 60° V block, so maybe I will add it to the bedside table reading pile. Surprised also by the support for metric measurements and information being given equal status with the imperial versions.


KWIL17/03/2017 09:37:51
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"Surprised also by the support for metric measurements and information being given equal status with the imperial versions."

Thats because its a reference book and not some politcal statement.

Nigel McBurney 117/03/2017 10:45:59
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I have 2 Machineries handbooks,one kept clean indoors and the other stays in the workshop,mainly used for gear and gear cutting info,lots of info when needed though very US based,one was well used and a gift the other was works issue. The machineries screwthread book is used far more often, purchased it new in 1967 and is so useful when identifying threads on vintage work. I have Kempes engineers handbook (2 vols) not much use for our sort of work,can't grumble thy were again works issue.I was given some time ago a book published in 1905 "A text book of Mechanical engineering " written as a text book for mechanical engineers taking the city and guilds examination,covers loads of now historical information and prints of machine tools,hand tools,even a diagram how to cast the iron spokes into the centre hub of a traction engine ,just a good read.It sounds a bit silly but the most used booklets in my workshop are by Presto,Dormer and Moore and Wright,for drill sizes ,cutting speeds,tapers ,metric/ imperial conversion tables,etc etc and were the zeus type tables, though I do find the tapping diameters in my tables bought in 1958 at the start of my apprenticeship are a lot tighter than those specified in the more modern Zeus tables. One set of books which so good are the 4 volumes of treatise on the steam engine by DK clarke,two volumes cover the description in minute detail of smaller stationary engines,portables,up to the larges mill and marine engines,and railway engines but no road steam.The drawings are so fine and clear,show all the fine detail,they would be ideal for someone making a serious model,the other 2 volumes cover boiler work and steam theory and not so interesting,they were a bargain at £25 from a neighbour.

Enough!17/03/2017 13:40:39
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Posted by Cyril Bonnett on 17/03/2017 01:30:25:

Is it not the case that you can reprint an out of copyright book and then claim the copyright

Very possibly but the point was that IP seems to have been renewing the copyright on a regular basis to prevent it from going out-of-copyright.

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