Hardback A4 size, 308pp Many b/w diagrams and illustrations, German text; a heavy book
A detailed description of water and windmills in East and West Berlin and in Spandau. The first two chapters consider early milling from crushers to animal-powered mills and types of mill: hulling, fulling, tanning, paper-making and marble-grinding.
The third chapter describes different types of water mills and how they work, while the following two chapters go into detail about water mills, their history and that of the millers, in Berlin. The sixth chapter does the same for wind mills, and the following four chapters describe wind mills in Berlin. The eleventh chapter is devoted to Spandau, and the book ends with chapters on combination mills, early steam mills, the development of the so-called Mill Yard (Mühlenhof), social clashes at the end of the 19th century and the development of mill construction from a craft to a product of engineering.
The book is richly illustrated with photos, contemporary plans, diagrams, sketches, reproductions of paintings etc.