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Identifier: appletonsdiction02appl
Title: Appleton's dictionary of machines, mechanics, engine-work, and engineering
Year: 1861 (1860s)
Authors: Appleton, firm, publishers, New York. (1852, D. Appleton & Co.)
Subjects: Mechanical engineering
Publisher: New York : D. Appleton
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries


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