Oxford University Press in Association with the Open University, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. No Jacket. Reprinted. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. Fair condition paperback pictorial laminated cover, no DJ. 342 pages good with clear print,indexed. Minor foxing, on edge of pages, no previous names. All pages tightly bound, front cover a little creased due to use. Some text has been underlines, others highlighted by a highlight felt tip. A few black and white illustrations. ‘In 1850 Britain was the most prosperous and industrially advanced country in the world. There were those, including the organizers of the Great Exhibition, who saw no reason why Britain should not maintain her dominance as long as the new advances in scientific knowledge were applied increasingly to all industries and the nation’s workforce remained industrious.