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Pelton Water Wheel Company Catalog Collection (116036)

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Mining Start Price:500.00 USD Estimated At:1,000.00 - 2,000.00 USD
Pelton Water Wheel Company Catalog Collection  (116036)
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Lot of 5 different. This is an incredibly rare grouping; we've had very few of these catalogs in the past 40 years. The Pelton wheel was invented by Lester Allen Pelton in the 1870s. He came to California during the Gold Rush and noticed that while there were larger wheels for the bigger rivers, there wasn't a small wheel designed for the lower flow of many of the mountain streams. After building a wood prototype, Pelton had an iron version built by Miners Foundry in Nevada City. The first Pelton Wheel was installed at the Mayflower Mine in Nevada City in 1878. Pelton sold the rights to his invention in 1888 to this company that was founded in San Francisco. In 1892, they added a branch in New York City. 1) Seventh Edition, 1898. 98 pp. Profusely illustrated. Missing 3 pages (replaced with modern photocopies). List specs and prices, as well as descriptions of mines where their equipment is being used (including in Bodie, California). Illustrated brown softcoverse. Binding coming loose; pages detaching. Needs restoration. 10 x 6.5" 2) Tenth edition, 1905. 108 pp. Softcover with silver and gilt lettering. Full of illustrations, printed photographs, water tables, spec., price lists, etc. Pages detaching from spine. Owner's name on inside cover. 9 x 6" 3) Eleventh edition, 1909. 116 pp. Softcover. Owner's name stamped and inscribed on numerous pages. Water damage and stains. 9 x 6" 4) First edition, 1914. 101 pp. Brown softcover. Some staining to pages. Spine a little loose. 9 x 6" 5) Bulletin No. 8, 1915. 64 pp. Green/blue softcover. Wear to covers, some staining on pages. 9 x 6"

Provenance:
Country (if not USA):
State: California
City/County: San Francisco
Date: 1898-1915