Hercus Machinery an Australian company built a 9" South Bend precision bench lathe nock-off that sold quite well. It was so close, that looking at the two lathes it looks like some parts can even be interchanged. Not to be outdone, they to put out a lathe operation book called "Text Book Of Metal Turning". It is chock full of good information, covering all the basic operations done in the lathe from turning between centers to taper turning and thread cutting. There are handy chapters on useful information, practical examples, and tables.
I have just made up a 47 page pdf of a Hercus rebuild that I found on the steammachine.com site. Charlie does a great job of rebuilding a rebuild that went wrong in an article titled "YOU SPENT $2000 ON WHAT???" here's the link: http://www.steammachine.com/hercus/index.html.
To download "Text Book Of Metal Turning" go to my Books - Free Downloads page. # 40 - 3 MB - pdf