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9176c. Smith, F. Hopkinson, THE WOOD FIRE IN NO. 3 [a novel]. New York. 1905

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9176c. Smith, F. Hopkinson, THE WOOD FIRE IN NO. 3 [a novel]. New York. 1905

9176c. Smith, F. Hopkinson, THE WOOD FIRE IN NO. 3 [a novel]. New York . 1905 298 pages + Advertisements, with b&w & color illustrations. Nicely illustrated spine & cover. Francis Hopkinson Smith was born in Baltimore , Md. , October 23, 1838, and died in New York City , April 7, 1915. Educated as a mechanical engineer, he became a contractor and planned and supervised the building of numerous works. He built for the United States Government the sea wall around Governor’s Island, another at Tompkinsville, Staten Island, and the Race Rock Lighthouse off New London , and the architectural plans for the Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse. He laid the foundation and the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor , and in 1879 he built the Block Island breakwater. A noted engineer, artist, and writer, Smith soon became an assistant superintendent of a New York iron foundry during the Civil War. Leaving the foundry, he set himself up as an engineer with a partner, James Symington. Smith’s engineering firm was in business for thirty years, contracting many projects with the Federal Government. In his free time, Smith painted and wrote many notable books, a best seller of which was his novel Caleb West: Master Diver (1898), recounting his construction of the Race Rock Lighthouse. A period novel of the day. Clean, bright, nice copy. (VG+) $48. Reduced $29.