The Wheelwright's Shop. George Sturt.
First Edition , with frontispiece and
illustrations in the text, brown cloth blocked and lettered in black,
backstrip lettered in black, a very good, clean copy. First published
in 1923, Sturt's account of his wheelwright's business in Farnham,
Surrey, is one of the most detailed and evocative portrayals of rural
craftsmanship in the late Victorian period and a classic of the
genre. Deckle cut pages? This edition extremely/very rare..
WE have learned with regret of the
death of Mr. R. P. Wailes, M.I.Mech.E., which occurred at his home,
Davidge House, Knotty Green, Beaconsfield, on Monday last, January
14th, at the age of eighty.
Reginald Percy Wailes was the
youngest son of the late George
Wailes, and was born at Watford in 1871. He was educated at
private schools and at Repton, and began an apprenticeship with his
father's firm, George
Wailes and Co., of Euston Road, London, in 1889. Later, he
served as a foreman and works manager, and subsequently became a
partner in the firm.
In 1906, however, when his father
decided to retire and to sell the engineering works and its
contents, Mr. Wailes was not given an opportunity to continue in the
business. He bought what plant and equipment he could at the sale
which was held, and set up on his own account in some hired
premises, with a few members of the staff of the old firm.
Later on, Mr. Wailes built his
company's present works at 382-388, Euston Road and continued in the
production of special purpose machines and prototypes.
After the first world war, in which he
served with the City of London National Guard, Mr. Wailes utilised
the front of the Euston Road premises for the establishment of an
engineer's tool merchant's business.
Mr. Wailes was elected to
membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1907.