[The Thames Tunnel: 10 illustrations from 'Memoranda and views relating to the tunnel now excavating under the Thames, from Rotherhithe to Wapping'.]
10 engraved illustrations, various sizes. Trimmed and laid on album sheets.
Illustrations from a guidebook sold to the first visitors to the Thames Tunnel, being built by Marc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849). Work began in 1825 and finished in 1843, but the tunnel was opened to visitors in 1827, the year of the first edition of this guidebook. Brunel wrote much of the text, but draughtsmen and engineers working on the project provided the illustrations, including Pinchback, Richard Beamish and and Brunel's son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The illustrations include a map of the area, diagrams of Cochrane and Brunel's newly-invented tunnelling shield (including one with an overlay), longitudinal sections, a plan showing the progess of the digging (this example dated 1840) and a view of the tunnel with the figures of Brunel: Richard Beamish, William Gravatt and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
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