London: SPicer Brothers; W. Clowes & Sons, 1851. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. Item #21623 .
Large 8vo, pp. cxcii, 508, 465*-478*, 76 (ads); , -1002; , [1003-1470]. Blue cloth boards, gilt titles and upper board vignettes. Top edges gold. Engraved title page, large folding color plan of the galleries, double-page lithograph plate, extensively illustrated throughout with wood engravings in the text and wood-engraved plates. Occasional light foxing, one folding plate with a ragged edge, one plate noted with a closed tear (no loss), else this is a very good set in bright bindings showing only traces of wear.
The complete record of the exhibits, exhibitors, and prize winners, an essential source of information on the state of industry and the industrial arts in the mid-19th century. Volume I deals with Raw Materials and Machinery; volume II deals with Manufactures and Fine Arts and exhibits from the Colonies; volume III deals with foreign exhibits. A fourth volume was added later.