Books on Steam Power
In the next little while Hugh Dibben's collection of perhaps three hundred titles on steam power, especially steam driven locomotives, will be making its appearance on the Trillium site.
I know, I know. It isn't exactly Natural History or ornithology, but it is a focussed collection of works on steam power, particularly trains-- British, Canadian, and American with a few others thrown in. You could call it a natural history of steam.
For his entire life Hugh Dibben was an aficionado of all things steam. As a child he loved watching his father sketch trains and traction engines with charcoal on their white enamel kitchen table. He shovelled coal for a ride on the CNR and, as a young man in Yorkshire, spent his weekends train watching. He was knowledgeable of the workings of locomotives and waited patiently for years, in some cases, to find the second edition of Chapelon or one of Ralph P. Johnsonís books, some of which are included in the collection. He came from a long line of steam lovers, including two uncles who built large replica traction engines which were featured in the London papers. His most precious possession was his books about steam.
It will likely be a month before Hugh's train books begin to pull into the station-- they still need to be described and to have their pictures taken. So this is, "Heads up!" You can almost hear one coming down the track.
The single most important work on the Adirondacks (because it led to the creation of the Park and the Forest Preserve):
Verplanck Colvin. Report on the Topographical Survey of the Adirondack Wilderness of New York, for the Year 1873. Albany: Weed, Parsons, 1874. Maps and plates.
A fine, illustrated edition of Gilbert White's Natural History:
Gilbert White. The Natural History of Selborne. London: Butterworth, 1929.
No. 40 of 125, illustrated with the wood engravings of Eric Daglish.
Here are pictures of some friends...
Mark Jokinen, Mark Jokinen Books, Peterborough, Ontario (www.jokinenbookstore.com)
Paul Dyment, Scholars' Bookstore, Peterborough, Ontario (www.scholarsbookstore.com)
John W. Burbidge, Bookbinding and Book Repair, Peterborough, Ontario (www.johnburbidge.ca)