Andrew Ure (1778-1857), Scottish chemist, scientific writer and professor at the University of Glasgow, was an enthusiast of the new manufacturing systems that were emerging in the nineteenth century.
His Dictionary is a well-known and much-used work, which went to several editions. This, a reprint of the 1867 6th edition, is alphabetically arranged and well-illustrated with nearly 2000 wood engravings, plus numerous tables. Packed with thousands of useful technical and statistical information on material, chemical and machine processes, and industries, it covers an exceptional range of topics from manufacture and export figures of biscuits, cotton, steel or sugar, to descriptions of minerals, tools, machinery, elements, and organic chemistry.
Ure's Dictionary is a standard work in nineteenth-century history and remains invaluable as a record of this extraordinary period of industrial development.