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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has light fading to the spine area. Roughly the last 87 pages have a light to medium ripple due to water damage; there is no staining and only light colour transfer from the end paper onto the last page. The photo shows the pages when the book is closed to give an idea of the ripple. Four pages have a small crease to the top outside corner. There is light to medium age spotting to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 188 x 264 mm
Pages: 746
Publisher: Carnot Press
Publication date: 1993 first edition


Diesel’s Engine: Volume One, From Conception to 1918
By Lyle Cummins

Diesel’s Engine is the readable and comprehensive history of the man and the engine. It traces the life of an obsessed engineer and his contemporaries who brought the world's most efficient heat machine to the marketplace. Rudolf Diesel's ideas were often ahead of their time, and his engine endured failures and setbacks until new technologies were found.

His engine created an international industry through the struggles of risk-taking licensees who turned it into a reliable, land-based power plant. It soon went to sea as propulsion far commerce and underwater weapons of destruction.

These dedicated licensee companies, with their strengths and frailties and the gradually maturing products they built are related with an understanding and empathy by one who both knew of and faced similar experiences at a later time.

Above all, Diesel's Engine is about a troubled man who devoted his life to a dream, yet at his zenith of fame lost control over its fate.


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