New York: D Appleton & Co., 1875.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good with no dust jacket. Item #9120
Library stamps/marks/labels/slip, spine taped, front hinge starting, 1" gutter tear on flyleaf, toned, otherwise light wear. Solid hardcover.; "In the following pages the compiler has sought to arrange, in a manner convenient for reference, the weights, measures, and money, of all nations. The work is naturally divided into two parts: first, a classification according to countries, arranged alphabetically; and, second, a set of tables in which the value of each unit is given both in English and in metric standards. The use of the metric system, coextensively with the ordinary system, may be regarded as the characteristic feature of the book." - Introduction. Currency table shows conversion into US Dollars, French Francs, British Sterling and German Marks. Many of the weights and measures show the still existing differences among the various Italian and German states. First edition of this handy 19th-century international commerce reference, made poignant by the author's "sincere wish and hope" that the United States, having recently legalized its use, would quickly adopt the metric system. ; Ex-Library; 117, 14 ad pages.