Very Good. Item #5926
Grand Rapids, MI: W.W. Hart's Steam Book and Commercial Printing House, 1883. First Paperback Edition. Octavo. Original decorated green wrappers. 200 pages. Frontis portrait; stock vignettes. Edges of text block foxed; light stain to bottom edge of text block; wrappers a bit dust-soiled and worn.
A romance of civil engineering set in the woods north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. A young civil engineer shows his fortitude (and gets the girl?) when declaring his intention to lay a rail line through the woods, "Yes, when I fail to calculate / With compass, plumb and line, / Or sketching grade meanderings, / Account this weakness mine."