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Forster, T. E. (Editor).
Memoir of the Hartley Colliery Accident and Relief Fund.
Publisher: Andrew Reid & Company, Limited, Newcastle-upon-Tyne;
Date of Publication: 1912
Stock Code: 8857
FIRST EDITION. Quarto, pp. viii, 133. Hartley Medal illustrations to title page; frontispiece with tissue guard and ten further plates, of which four are double-page plans. Dark blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper board; border in blind to boards. Spine tips a little creased; upper corners bruised and lower corners slightly worn at tips. A slightly shaken copy with cracked inner front hinge, lacking ffep, with lower 7 cm of frontispiece detached and 2cm closed tear lower edge of title page. Light foxing throughout; rfep toned; no annotation or inscriptions. A Good copy in bright binding.
Full lists of casualties and of members & trustees of the Relief Fund; paper "On the Accident at New Hartley Colliery" read before the North of England Institute of Mining Engineers, March 6th 1862; personal narrative by T Wemyss Reid and more. The Hartley Disaster was caused by the fracture of a steam engine beam which collapsed, blocking the single shaft and trapping over 200 men and boys. It was one of the worst mining accidents in history, leading to legislation for pits to have double shafts so that men could be evacuated and their lives saved. This work was produced to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the disaster.
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