[Illustrations of the Great Western & Bristol Railways, Prepared from actual survey, by W.W. Young, Engineer.]Entrance of the Great Western Railway into Bristol. [&] Bristol & Exeter Railway with Train of Carriages approaching Bristol. [&]Great Western Railway. Kelston Bridge near Bath.
London: Hamilton, Adams & Co. _ Bristol: Lavers & Ackland. [n.d., c.1835.]
Complete set of three lithographs, subscriber's issue, two marked 'proof'. Printed areas 210 x 275mm (8¼ x 10¾"). Repaired tears to edges.
All three views from Young's 'Illustrations of the Great Western & Bristol & Exeter Railways', but lacking wrapper and letterpress. The views are scenic, but all showing locomotives against landmarks like the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The Bath view shows a train in greate detail, with a Wharncliffe locomotive pulling livestock carriages with sheep and a horse, driven by two nonchalant engineers. William Weston Young (1776–1847), was a Quaker entrepreneur of Bristol and Glamorganshire; his work as a potter led him to invent the silica firebrick for kilns. Unfortunately a bankruptcy early in his career left him with financial restrictions throughout his life. This publication suffered: only this Part 1 of the subscriber's issue was published.
See Abbey Life 412 for the original issue, described as 'Of considerable rarity: no copy in the British Museum or Bristol Public Libraries'.
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