Special and Sale Books

February 15, 2018 |  by

The following titles are currently on special, signifying special pricing with very limited quantities available.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.  We are able to offer these special discounts as these titles were financially underwritten by our company, but not published under the Garrigues House label (with the exception of The History of the Reading Railroad, Volume II).

Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo


Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo

          Copyright 1986. 280 pages of history and photographs devoted to a complete historical treatment of the North Branch Canal. Some fantastic early photographs are included in this fascinating account of the canal that served the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. Available in a soft cover or hardcover format, these books are new old stock.

OUR PRICE: (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Soft cover: $16.25   SALE – $10.00

Very Limited Edition Hardcover: $28.75  SALE – $16.00

Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta

          Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta. Softcover, copyright 1995, 117 pages of black and white photos and interesting reading.

“This book is written about my 40 years of work at the Bethlehem Steel Company’s plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. What really happened and how it happened. It’s actually the inner workings of a Super Giant. This is a story about what happened every day. Information that no one talked abut, no less write about.”

– From the rear cover of Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta.

OUR PRICE: $12.95 SALE $10.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

The Morris Canal, A Photographic History by James Lee

The Morris Canal:  A Photographic History by James Lee.  Hardcover, copyright 1979 – this is a 1994 reprint by the Delaware Press. 130+ pages, little text and an incredible amount of photographs. This is a very interesting read and an authoritative work on the subject. We are fortunate to have a few N.O.S. copies.

OUR PRICE: $35.00  SALE $25.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).


The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire, Volume II: The Twentieth Century by James L. Holton


PLEASE NOTE:  The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century is no longer available in the standard hardbound with dustjacket.   The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century by James Holton is still available in a very limited edition format that incorporates gilded lettering on a leather bound cover and binding, housed in a matching slipcase. Garrigues House published a total of 50 of these volumes, each signed and numbered by the author.   We are down to approximately 3 copies each of this extremely limited edition of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Nineteenth Century and The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century.  Please call us if you would like to purchase either Volume I or Volume II in this slipcover edition.

          “The Reading, one of the pioneer rail carriers in the United States, won national distinction for its innovative development of steam power – including some of the most powerful freight engines and fastest passenger locomotives on American rails – before the end of the nineteenth century. It also suffered through some of the most turbulent and violent episodes of that era as it became the major fuel pipeline for the industrial revolution. Those first 75 years of the company’s existence have been colorfully reported in Volume 1 of the Reading Railroad history, along with the adventures and personal stories of the fascinating cast of characters who controlled or were attracted to the company because of its monopoly over anthracite coal.

          In Volume 2, the author picks up the story of the Reading as it entered the twentieth century under the attack from the newly born American labor movement as well as a hostile Federal government which led to a historic confrontation between the president of the company and the President of the United States. A running battle with its arch-rival, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and sweeping technological and social changes in the country, prompted a new Reading management, under the prodding of J. Pierpont Morgan, to fundamentally restructure its operations. After a long court battle, the government forced the dissolution of the company’s Coal & Iron subsidiary.

          No longer a national leader in creating new motive power technology, the Reading won the attention of the industry by its conservative equipment policies, especially the rebuilding of older locomotives into remarkably efficient modern power. Financially, the Reading remained solvent through the depression of the 1930s, even electrifying most of its extensive Philadelphia commuter lines. As in the First War, the Reading played a vital strategic role in supporting the World War II effort.

          But, even as tonnage and passenger miles rose from that crisis, the handwriting was on the wall and, like the rest of the railroad industry in the northeast, the post-war Reading was facing a battle for its very survival. The political machinations, misjudgments and ironies which attended that grueling struggle and the eventual collapse and restructuring of railroading throughout the region are related, in many aspects, for the first time.

          As in Volume 1, the author – the product of four generations of Reading railroaders – dwells on the human side of the Reading story, illuminating the ups and downs of the historic railroad through the experiences of the men who ran it, from the company board room as well as in the engine cabs and interlocking towers.

         In addition to seven chronological chapters, there are separate chapters dealing with the Coal & Iron Co., the Reading Shops, the New Jersey Central RR and the major facilities on the Reading. The 452 pages of text are supplemented with 483 photos, 26 in color, plus 31 maps, charts, and other graphics.”

~ From the dust jacket of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century by James Holton.

OUR PRICE: $125.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Smokestacks and Black Diamonds: A History of Carbon County, Pennsylvania by Joan Campion 

          Smokestacks and Black Diamonds: A History of Carbon County, Pennsylvania by Joan Campion.  Copyright 1997. 300 pages of photos and exceptional historical documentation.

It is hard to imagine a place more closely bound to the history of the Industrial Revolution than Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Indeed, it might be said to be the crucible of the American Industrial Revolution. For nowhere was better anthracite found than here. The first Fossil fuel to be heavily exploited, anthracite became essential to the nation’s economy. It fueled iron furnaces and provided the impetus for railroad networks. It heated houses, powered industries, and fueled steamships. The cheap iron that was produced in hitherto unimaginable quantities with this plentiful fuel hurtled American into the Industrial Revolution. Demographics changed as immigrants poured into the nation and as families moved from farms to towns and new, different kinds of jobs. A cash economy developed. Agriculture and home life changed as new implements were invented. The stamp of destiny was on Carbon County from the moment Philip Ginder, a miller from the Mahoning Valley discovered anthracite on Sharp Mountain in 1791.

Smokestacks and Black Diamonds tells some of the best-known and some of the lease-known stories of the time when Carbon County was one of the most important regions in America. Joan Campion and contributing authors Vince Hydro, Michael Knies, Lance Metz and Rita Plotnicki have traced the history of the county from it’s frontier days to the present. George Harvan, the preeminent photographer of Pennsylvania’s anthracite region, has contributed a chapter of his most memorable work. Stories of miners and immigrants, the Molly Maguires, the company towns of Mauch Chunk and Palmerton, Glen Onoko in “The Switzerland of America,” letters home from soldiers in nineteenth-century wars, the rivalry between Mauch Chunk and Lehighton to become the county seat- these are but a few of the topics presented in this fascinating book. Numerous photographs enhance the text.

OUR PRICE:  Softcover: $29.50 SALE $20.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Special Edition Hardcover in Very Limited Quantities: $50.00 SALE $28.00

Without Fitting, Filing, or Chipping: An Illustrated History of the Phoenix Bridge Company by Thomas R. Winpenny 

Without Fitting, Filing or Chipping An Illustrated History of the Phoenix Bridge Company by Thomas R. Winpenny.  Softbound (also available in a very limited edition maroon cloth hardbound), 154 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w, appendices, notes, and an index.

From the author’s web site: “There is something patently heroic about pioneering in late nineteenth and early twentieth century bridge building, and thus the people who were part of the Phoenix Bridge story are, in many respects, worthy of recognition. The men who originally conceptualized bridge building in Phoenixville in the 1860s became part of the catalogue bridge movement and thus to some extent distanced themselves from the view of a bridge as a highly individualized work of art. “Both Clarke, Reeves and Phoenix Bridge published promotional albums featuring a variety of wrought-iron truss bridges that could be delivered with greater haste than anyone heretofore had imagined possible. Working closely with the parent firm, Phoenix Iron and Steel, the bridge company practiced velocity of throughput and produced a quality cheap bridge. Each bridge was reassembled at the plant to insure good fit, and then disassembled and shipped to the erection site. Ironically, these cheap bridges had a useful life that approached the better part of a century and thus precluded a healthy replacement business. The bridge company at Phoenixville had a good product that enjoyed an identifiable market niche; of the thousands of bridges designed and fabricated in Phoenixville (the total is about 4,200) a very substantial portion were wrought iron truss railway spans. “


OUR PRICE: Softcover: $19.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Very Limited Edition Maroon Cloth HardboundL  $45.00 SALE $25.00

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