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Title:The Mine Foreman's Pocket Book
Item ID:DH00-005901
Publisher:The Mining Herald Company, Limited, Shenandoah, PA, 1883
Dust Jacket:No
The Mining Herald Company, Limited, 1883, Hardcover, Book Condition: Poor, Dust Jacket Condition: No, Unstated

Size: 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Scarce book, most likely due to its subject; this copy is well-used. Brown paper over boards, no dust jacket as issued, ads for mining-related products at front and back of book, 177 pages, numerous line drawings in text, various tables of information. Covers Mine Surveying, Ventilating Mines, Safety Lamps, Mining Machinery, and much more in great detail. Boards are nearly detached, hanging on by two binding threads, boards badly chipped and worn, interior pages have many turned down corners, one page detached but present. Thomas J. Foster was the publisher of the Mining Herald, a journal based in Shenandoah, from 1870 to 1880, where frequent mining accidents took the lives of some of his closest friends. Foster saw what he believed to be the primary cause of these disasters: mine foremen lacked knowledge of the science of mining and the fundamental principles of the machinery they were required to operate. Foster was determined to do something to rectify the problem. He oversaw the establishment of a state commission to revise mine laws. This step led to a measure that required mine foremen to pass an examination in subjects related to safe mining methods. To help the men pass this examination, Foster in 1881, started a column in the Mining Herald of questions and answers related to the types of problems that a foreman would have to be familiar with to pass the exam. He also organized a mining institute. In 1883, Mr. Foster gathered the materials that had appeared in the column of questions and answers and put them together in a publication called “The Mine Foreman’s Pocketbook.” Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 0 oz. Category: Reference; Books; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 005901.
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