ENGINEERIUM MICRO LIBRARY BOX SET
The first edition of the Engineerium Micro Library is a collection of six miniature handmade books packaged in a portable card display box. Each book is made up of eight ivory-coloured, concertina-folded pages printed with intricate illustrations of engines. The six books are hardbound in red buckram cloth and wrapped in a cherry-coloured bellyband.
The 48 illustrations are speculative silhouette drawings of engines based loosely upon the decommissioned industrial machines built during the 19th Century.
When ordered from the online shop the Engineerium Micro Library Box Set is wrapped in crystal clear protective polythene and packed into a 4” polystyrene-lined cardboard box together with a numbered owner’s certificate, a handmade card art button and specially designed postage label. The Micro Library parcel shall be mailed via first class post and can be sent to anywhere in Europe, United States, Asia or Australia.
MICRO LIBRARY BOX SET DETAILS
Print Run: 50 individually numbered copies
Box Material: 160gsm ivory-coloured paper
Box Dimensions: 40 x 55 x 40mm
Box Weight: 6 grams
Inner Leaf Paper: 160gsm ivory-coloured paper
Inner Leaf Dimensions: 38 x 52 x 38mm.
Inner Leaf Weight: 2 grams
Book Cover: 600gsm card, red buckram cloth
Book Pages: 120gsm ivory paper
Book Dimensions: 35 x 50mm x 6mm (closed) 35 x 270mm (open)
Book Weight: 6 grams
Bellyband: 160gsm cherry-coloured paper
Engineerium: a History and Guide, Burns, T.F., 1980
The History of the Future, C. Canto / O. Faliu, Flammarion, 1997
Die Praxis des Modern Maschinenbaues, Verlag, 1919
Chambers Technical Dictionary, Uni. Press Edinburgh, 1940
A.G. Rizzoli: Architect of Magnificent Visions, 2000
The Universal Encyclopedia of Machines, Granada, 1980
Visual Dictionary, DK, 2002
Robots: Fact, Fiction & Prediction, Jasia Reichardt, T & H, 1978
The Complete guide to Watches, C. Shugart & T. Engle, 1991
The Engineer’s Sketchbook, T.W. Barber, 1897
Tweedles & Smalley Ltd, Castleton, 1927
Catalogue of Machinery Calculations, Howard & Bullough, 1925
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PART I : 1982
The last of forty-eight engines was wearily cranked into stillness. These engines were no longer required to produce steam or supply power, so were officially ‘decommissioned’, switched off and stripped of all vital moving parts. Worn wrenches and warped winders were slung upon hooks slotted into hole-pocked hardwood walls. The doors between interconnecting chambers where the engines had been installed were locked, and over the next thirty years they remained there, disintegrating upon a floor of checkered tiles.
PART II : 2012
Two former watchmakers broke their way into the main engine hall, now thoroughly overgrown with vegetation. After surveying the rusted remnants they set about reconditioning all forty-eight engines one by one. They repaired worn clutches, replaced buckled chucks and renewed kinked conveyors. Hundreds of seized hinges were oiled, handles were re-primed and hulls recoated in lime-green paint and furnished with new enamelled numerals. Could these mended machines of levers, linkages and lubricators be looked upon as mechanical marvels once again?