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The Steam Engine.
The Steam Engine. 29.
[Reynolds; n.d. c.1860.]
Coloured engraving. 215 x 280mm. 8½ x 11". Fold through centre of image, as normal.
A double-acting condensing rotative engine. The development of the steam engine in the 18th century was fundamental in paving the way for the Industrial Revolution. From Reynolds' 'Pictorial Atlas of Arts, Sciences, Manufacturers and Machinery'.
Ex Collection: Norman Blackburn. In the Science and Society Picture Library.
[Ref: 20630]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Steam Fire Engine.
Steam Fire Engine. 34.
[Reynolds; n.d. c.1860.]
Hand-coloured engraving. 215 x 280mm. 8½ x 11". Fold through centre, as normal.
Horse-drawn fire engine patented by Shand, Mason & Co; a reputable fire engine production company. From Reynolds' 'Pictorial Atlas of Arts, Sciences, Manufacturers and Machinery'.
Ex Collection: Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 20636]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Stoke by Neyland, Suffolk.
Stoke by Neyland, Suffolk.
Painted by John Constable R.A. Engraved by David Lucas.
London, Pub.d by M.r Constable, 35 Charlotte S.t Fitzroy Square 1830.
Mezzotint on india, first published state. 250 x 180mm (9¾ x 7"), with very large margins. Slight foxing.
A view of Stoke-by-Nayland in Suffolk. From about 1829 Constable and Lucas worked together on a series of mezzotints after sketches and paintings by Constable called 'Various Subjects of Landscape...' published in parts between 1830 and 1832.
Wedmore 16. Shirley: 9. Osbert Barnard: I of V.
[Ref: 50859]   £230.00  
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[Straw-burning ploughing engine.]
[Straw-burning ploughing engine.] [Written on the engine:] Ransomes Sims & Head Ipswich England. Head & Schemioths Patent.
[In ink underneath the image:] Engraved with instruments on waxed plate.
[n.d. c.1848.]
Engraving, scarce. 228 x 342mm. 9 x 13½". Folds and creasing.
Ransomes, Sims & Head, established 1789, was a major British agricultural machinery maker, and also manufactured aeroplanes during the First World War. In 1848, John Head joined the firm as an apprentice and invented an apparatus which enabled straw to be burnt as fuel in the firebox of portable and traction engines. This development, made in collaboration with a Russian engineer named Schemioth, proved a very useful one in countries where there was no wood available for fuel and where coal had to be imported at great expense. The Head-Schemioth system involved the provision of extra-large fireboxes and an apparatus, driven from the crankshaft by a strap, for feeding the straw into the firebox.
[Ref: 20902]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Fig 1 Pasmore's Patent Machine for cutting Straw. Fig 2 Pasmore's Patent Mill for splitting Beans, crushing Barley, Oats, Malt &c
Fig 1 Pasmore's Patent Machine for cutting Straw. Fig 2 Pasmore's Patent Mill for splitting Beans, crushing Barley, Oats, Malt &c
[c.1810]
Engraving, sheet 150 x 215mm (6 x 8½").
Agricultural machinery designed by Thomas Pasmore of Doncaster to cut straw for cattle and crush grain. Probably published in an agricultural magazine.
[Ref: 43689]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Stuart's Patent Centrifugal Beater.
Stuart's Patent Centrifugal Beater.
Easton, Amos & Sons, Engineers, &c., Grove , Southwark, London. S.E.
[Anon] January 1st, 1859.
Broadside, promotional leaflet, lithographic diagram and explanatory letterpress including 'Directions for Working the Patent Pulp Engine'. Page 250 x 200mm, 9¾ x 8". Folded and glued to album page.
Trade advertisement for a specialised engine aimed at paper manufacturers and mill-owners.
Provenance: from a scrap album compiled c.1840 - 1880 by Alfred Towgood of Riverside, a paper mill owner at St. Neots, Huntingdon. He was also a Lieutenant in the Duke of Manchester's Light Horse.
[Ref: 16539]   £110.00   (£132.00 incl.VAT)
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General Plan by Mess.rs Telford & Douglass For the Furth Improvement of the Port of London, shewing the Situation of the new Bridge in a line between the front of the Royal Exchange...
General Plan by Mess.rs Telford & Douglass For the Furth Improvement of the Port of London, shewing the Situation of the new Bridge in a line between the front of the Royal Exchange... To which is added, plans proposing a Deposite and Public Market for Coals on the Surry side of the River...
J.Barlow sculp.
[London, n.d., 1800.]
Coloured engraving on two sheets conjoined, totsl 640 x 1180mm, 23¼ x 46½". Trimmed to neatline, some chipping, small tears.
In 1799 a competition for designs to replace the 600-year-old London Bridge was held, for which the Scottish engineer Thomas Telford (1757-1834) submitted a plan for a cast-iron bridge with a single arch spanning 600 feet (180 m). This plan shows the positioning of the bridge and the associated developments proposed, including: a new "Exchange Street" running straight from the bridge to the Royal Exchange; embankments on either side of the River; and coal depôts on Bankside.
[Ref: 19713]   £490.00  
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Vues et Dessins Relatifs à la Route sous la Tamise pour servir de Communication de Rotherhithe à Wapping.
Vues et Dessins Relatifs à la Route sous la Tamise pour servir de Communication de Rotherhithe à Wapping. Projeté par Mr. Brunel, Inginieur Français.
Massai, del. Levilly, liht [sic]. Lith. de Ducarme.
à Paris, chez P.Marino, rue Montmorency, No. 13. à Turin, même maison Contrada della Verna, No 1. [n.d., c.1830.]
Lithograph, printed area 345 x 490mm. Some spotting.
Various diagrams illustrating the building of the Thames Tunnel, 1825-1843, copied from the official visitor's guide.
[Ref: 4141]   £380.00  
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[The Thames Tunnel: 5 illustrations from 'Memoranda and views relating to the tunnel now excavating under the Thames, from Rotherhithe to Wapping'.]
[The Thames Tunnel: 5 illustrations from 'Memoranda and views relating to the tunnel now excavating under the Thames, from Rotherhithe to Wapping'.]
[1840.]
5 engraved illustrations, various sizes. Trimmed and laid on two 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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[The Thames Tunnel: 5 illustrations from 'Memoranda and views relating to the tunnel now excavating under the Thames, from Rotherhithe to Wapping'.]
[The Thames Tunnel: 5 illustrations from 'Memoranda and views relating to the tunnel now excavating under the Thames, from Rotherhithe to Wapping'.]
[1840.]
5 engraved illustrations, various sizes. Trimmed and laid on two 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 Brunel's son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The illustrations include a view of the tunnel with the figures of Brunel: Richard Beamish, William Gravatt and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a diagram of Cochrane and Brunel's newly-invented tunnelling shield with an overlay, and a cross section of the Thames at Wapping with the shield.
[Ref: 49505]   £230.00  
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[A winch ferry.] No VIII.
[A winch ferry.] No VIII.
H G Exc. [Leipzig: Henning Grosse, c.1614.]
Engraving. 130 x 145mm (5¼ x 5¾"), with large margins. Mounted on 17th century album paper at corners. Time stained.
An illustration of a winch ferry buoyed by barrels, one of the 152 plates in Heinrich Zeising's 'Theatri machinarum...', the first German book on machines.
[Ref: 49764]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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[Metal turning.] No 9.
[Metal turning.] No 9.
H G Excud. [Leipzig: Henning Grosse, c.1614.]
Engraving. 125 x 145mm (5 x 5¾") very large margins.
An illustration of a man using a machine to shape metal tableware. One of the 152 plates in Heinrich Zeising's 'Theatri machinarum...', the first German book on machines.
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[Fire engines.] No 25.
[Fire engines.] No 25.
[Leipzig: Henning Grosse, c.1614.]
Engraving. 125 x 145mm (5 x 5¾") very large margins.
An scene demonstrating the use of two types of fire engines. One of the 152 plates in Heinrich Zeising's 'Theatri machinarum...', the first German book on machines.
[Ref: 49770]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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[Fire engine.] No 22.
[Fire engine.] No 22.
[Leipzig: Henning Grosse, c.1614.]
Engraving. 125 x 145mm (5 x 5¾") very large margins.
An illustration of water pump built on a trolley, designed to pump water from a river to fight fires. One of the 152 plates in Heinrich Zeising's 'Theatri machinarum...', the first German book on machines.
[Ref: 49769]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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[Fire engine boat.] No 23.
[Fire engine boat.] No 23.
[Leipzig: Henning Grosse, c.1614.]
Engraving. 125 x 145mm (5 x 5¾") very large margins.
An illustration of water pump built on a catamaran, designed to pump water from a river to fight fires. One of the 152 plates in Heinrich Zeising's 'Theatri machinarum...', the first German book on machines.
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[A horse-drawn water pump.] No 4.
[A horse-drawn water pump.] No 4.
[Leipzig: Henning Grosse, c.1614.]
Engraving. 125 x 145mm (5 x 5¾"), with large margins. Time stained.
An illustration of a water-pump (tympanum), with a wheel lifting the water driven by horse-powered gears. One of the 152 plates in Heinrich Zeising's 'Theatri machinarum...', the first German book on machines.
[Ref: 49765]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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[A lifting crane.] No XXI.
[A lifting crane.] No XXI.
H G Excud. [Leipzig: Henning Grosse, c.1614.]
Engraving. 125 x 145mm (5 x 5¾"), with very large margins. Time stained.
An illustration of a wooden crane, with lift gained by a screw thread turned by two men. One of the 152 plates in Heinrich Zeising's 'Theatri machinarum...', the first German book on machines.
[Ref: 49766]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Indoor Frame For Thermometer
Indoor Frame For Thermometer In Kid and Silk Embroidery. Expressly Designed for the "Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine."
Ad. Goubaud. - Paris. Strasburgh, print G. Silbermann [n.d., c.1880].
Chromolithographic magazine illustration, sheet 285 x 190mm. 11¼ x 7½". Fold, as issued. Crease through lower right corner.
A design for an elaborate frame for a thermometer.
[Ref: 9516]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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War. Attack of Fortified Places. Watch Work.
War. Attack of Fortified Places. Watch Work.
A.Bell Prin. Wal. sculptor fecit.
[n.d., c.1790.]
Engaving. 240 x 190mm, 9½ x 7½".
A page from an encyclopedia, illustrating the defences of a citadel on the Rhine, and the inner workings of a watch in eleven figures.
[Ref: 22324]   £40.00   (£48.00 incl.VAT)
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Plan and Elevation of the Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames.
Plan and Elevation of the Waterloo Bridge over the River Thames.
Engraved by M. Dubourg 1 Buxton Place Lambeth.
1822 London Publish'd by J. Taylor at the Architectural Library, High Holborn.
Large folding aquatint plan, 300 x 675mm. 11¾ x 26½". Perspective view above, with plans and details and vignette view of the toll gate below. Two chips to upper margin, just into plate. Hole in title area.
George Dodd, a civil engineer who worked for John Rennie (1761 - 1821), proposed to build this bridge across the Thames from a point near Somerset House. Dodd left Rennie’s firm, and after the necessary funds had been raised by public subscription, the bridge was built to Rennie’s design between 1811 and 1817. The granite bridge had nine arches, each of 120 ft span, and was 2,456 ft long, including approaches. When it opened, the bridge was christened Waterloo Bridge, in honour of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon in 1815; before its opening it was known as 'Strand Bridge'. The bridge was replaced by the present Waterloo Bridge in 1945.
See Guildhall Library Record: 29748 for plan dated 1816. See BL Maps K.Top.22.40.a. for a plan by Dubourg dated 1811.
[Ref: 23279]   £360.00  
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A Perspective View of the Engine, now made use of for Driving the Piles of the New Bridge at Westminster:
A Perspective View of the Engine, now made use of for Driving the Piles of the New Bridge at Westminster: most Humbly Inscrib'd to the Hon.ble Commissioners for Building the said Bridge, by the Inventor- James Vaulone, Watch-Maker
H. Gravelot delin. W.H. Toms sculp [in image]
Printed for Carington Bowles in St Pauls Church Yard. London.
Engraving, sheet 445 x 350mm (17½ x 13¾"). Trimmed inside platemark; glued to backing sheet and folded. Scarce.
Pile driver for building over water, consisting of a floating platform on which horses turn a wheel which drives the pilse downwards. Later 18th century reissue by Carington Bowles, of a plate first published by its engraver, W.H. Toms, in 1748. At that time the construction on the first Westminster Bridge had been underway for nine years (and would not be completed for another two). It was probably published to capitalise on public interest in the project.
For a related print demonstrating technology used to construct Westminster Bridge see ref.2555.
[Ref: 37646]   £320.00  
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Perspective view of the ENGINE made use of for Sawing off under Water, The Piiles which help'd to support the Centers, for turning the Arches of WESTMINSTER BRIDGE. most humbly inscrib'd to the Right Honble. & c.
Perspective view of the ENGINE made use of for Sawing off under Water, The Piiles which help'd to support the Centers, for turning the Arches of WESTMINSTER BRIDGE. most humbly inscrib'd to the Right Honble. & c. The Commissioners for building the said Bridge by the Inventor. {Willm. Etheridge, Carpenter} [contemporary ink mss]. A Perspective View of the Engine, as it appears in the Water, with the Floats, and Men at Work. A Perspective View of the Engine, as it appears out of the water to an eye 13 Inch.es:Distant from this Mark ... Explanation...
Cars. Labelye Delint. P. Foudrinier Sculpt.
Publish'd {May 1st}[contemporary ink mss] 1745.
Engraving. 350 x 465mm. Creases with stained edges
Charles Labelye, a naturalised Swiss engineer and architect. was appointed in May 1738 to the Westminster Bridge Project. The initial design was for a timber superstructure with stone piers and abutments. This was abandoned after damage to the works caused by the severe winter of 1739-40, during which the Thames froze solid. All 140 wooden piles were destroyed. So Labelye produced a design for a Portland stone bridge with 13 large semicircular arches and two small, and work recommenced. This engraving appears to have been the property of 'Willm. Etheridge, Carpenter', who is regarded as the inventor of the machine drawn here by Labelye. William Etheridge (1709-1776) was one of a very long family line of carpenters called variously Edrich, Edriche, Eteridge, or Etheridge from Stradbroke and Fressingfield in Suffolk. His career as a master carpenter first comes to light in 1738-1749 when he worked under James King in the building of the first bridge to cross the Thames at Westminster, first as King's foreman, then replacing him after King's death in 1744. He was credited as the inventor of a battering ram to assist in the striking of the centres, as well as the underwater saw to cut off piles underwater. From 1747-1750 he worked on the Walton Bridge, and in 1748 produced the design and model for the Queens' bridge, Cambridge.
Ex. Blackburn Collection.
[Ref: 2555]   £520.00  
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East View of the Salt Works at Wharton in Cheshire.
East View of the Salt Works at Wharton in Cheshire. As erected by Mr. Furnival, from 1828 to 1832.
Jobbins & Cheffins litho: Southampton Buildings, Holborn.
Lithograph with hand-colouring, sheet 185 x 320mm (7¼ x 12½"). Tears to edges. Creases as normal
The salt works at Wharton (now Winsford) in Cheshire. Rock salt arrived in the area in the Triassic period, and was excavated from the seventeenth century onward. Winsford Rock Salt Mine opened in 1844 and is still in operation.
[Ref: 43690]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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