The Mine, or Subterranean Wonders

London, Grant and Griffith, 1845


Large 16mo (5.5 x 4.5 inches) pp 252 [xxxii – advertisements]. Lowndes 2582. Publisher’s decorated red cloth. Bookplate (“la Baronne Barbe de Plessen, nee Princesse Gagarine”). Intended to give information to children about the techniques, practices and benefits of mining. The many illustrations convey to present day readers a vivid picture of the hard and cruel conditions for women and children coal bearers, whereas the text is an unconditioned eulogy on Industrialism. The Russian Princess Gagarine was married to the Danish ambassador von Plessen to the Court of St. Petersburg. A fine copy.

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