Publication: Western Reflections Publishing Company, 2009, Lake City
First paperback edition. 8vo. Originally published as a hardcover edition. Color, stiff pictorial wrappers, viii, 208 pp., acknowledgments, introduction, illustrated, endnotes, bibliography, index. This book charts the evolution of the use of explosives for mining and quarrying in North America from the Industrial Revolution into the twentieth century. The art of blasting was of prime importance to mining because explosives enabled miners to move through solid rock as no other technology could. A detailed look at the whole process of using explosives, from drilling blast-holes to setting off the charges, with an emphasis on technology, material culture, and the impacts to the mine as a work environment. Everyone with an interest in mining will enjoy this book. As new, unread copy.
Inventory Number: 42595