New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., .
Quarto (25 x 19 cm.), 334 pages. Illustrated throughout in black and white. Index. FIRST EDITION, U.S. issue simultaneous with the U.K. edition. A history of more than two thousand years of mechanical instruments, a much larger history than one might expect, but one brought to an end with the phonograph The author was a restorer of mechanical music instruments and founder of the Musical Box Society of Great Britain. Slight rubbing to publisher's green cloth; clean internally. In unclipped publisher's dust jacket. Near fine.