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Catalogue: Engineering
Gas-Works.
Gas-Works. Accums' Description of Gas Works. Pl.VII.
Lowry Delt & Sculpt.
[London: T. Boys, 1819.]
Fine aquatint, printed in colours and hand-finished. Framed, visible area 400 x 280mm (15¾ x 11"). Unexamined out of frame.
A gas works, showing a collapsing gas holder, Retort House, Purifying House with lime machine and the Director's Office. 'Description of the Process of Manufacturing Coal Gas, for the Lighting of Streets, Houses, and Public Buildings' by Frederick Christian Accum (1769-1838). He played a prominent role in the development of gas lighting in London and other major cities. The full text is available for download from the Wellcome Collection (https://wellcomecollection.org/works/wdv38w86).
[Ref: 56775]   £460.00  
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Landing the Shore End of Bombay Cable at Aden.
Landing the Shore End of Bombay Cable at Aden.
M.&N. Hanhart. [n.d., c.1870.]
Chromolithograph, rare. Sheet: 140 x 200mm (5½ x 8"). Foxing around edges.
A scene showing the laying of the British-Indian telegraph cable at Aden, the cable was laid by the Anglo-Indian Telegraph Company between 1869-1870.
[Ref: 46440]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Section of Brandy Vault (shewing stowage).
Section of Brandy Vault (shewing stowage).
S.M. Pike 1866 to accompany report to Mr. Coller.
Architectural drawing, 480 x 600mm. 19 x 23½". Tears and folds.
From the Port of London Authority archives.
[Ref: 11289]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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A View of the Mouth of a Coal Pit near Broseley, in Shropshire.
A View of the Mouth of a Coal Pit near Broseley, in Shropshire.
G. Robertson pinxit. Francis Chesham Sculpsit.
Published Feb.y 1.st 1788 by John & Josiah Boydell No. 90 Cheapside London.
Copper engraving, title in open letters, 405 x 550mm. 16 x 21½". Three worm holes; full margins.
Labourers, horses and a donkey are shown beside a large winching device and tall chimney. The area surrounding the village of Broseley, Shropshire, was central to the coal mining industry. Abraham Darby I (c 1678-1717) developed coke smelting in nearby Coalbrookdale, which revolutionised the production of iron, and helped start the Industrial Revolution. One of a series of six engravings of industry in the area published by the Boydells. After George Robertson (1747 - 1788).
[Ref: 22150]   £420.00  
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Perspective View of the Bridge in Course of Construction over the Thames near Chelsea Hospital.
Perspective View of the Bridge in Course of Construction over the Thames near Chelsea Hospital. Under the direction of the Commissioners of Woods. 1851.
Thos. Page Civil Engineer.
Standidge & Co. Litho. Old Jewry. [1851.]
Lithograph. Sheet: 330 x 540mm (13 x 21¼''). Two vertical creases and tears in edges.
A plan of Victoria Bridge, the old Chelsea bridge which crossed the Thames to the East of the Chelsea Hospital, designed by Thomas Page. The bridge was started in 1851 and was opened on 31st March 1858 by Queen Victoria. The bridge was replaced in the 1930s by the current Chelsea Bridge.
[Ref: 50557]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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[Various chemistry instruments.]
[Various chemistry instruments.]
Engrav'd for the Universal Magazine.
For J. Hinton in Newgate Street. [January, 1755.]
Engraving with four double-sides of letterpress text. 208 x 131mm (8¼ x 5¼").
A collection chemistry related objects with accompanying text entitled "A Dissertation on Fluidity; with an Attempt to account for that common Phaenomenon, the Ebullition or Boiling of Fluids".
[Ref: 28640]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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A Stack of Ancient Chimnies.  A Stack of Modern Chimnies. Warranted not to smoke.
A Stack of Ancient Chimnies. A Stack of Modern Chimnies. Warranted not to smoke. 'Comparisons are odious.'__ Respectfully offered to the notice of the British Architects of the 19th Century. by An Amateur.
W.T. 1835.
Printed by Graf & Soret.
Lithograph, sheet 280 x 380mm. 11 x 15". Soiled; light spotting.
A wry look at contemporary architect's designs for chimney stacks, contrasting modern 'smoke-less' innovations with a traditional stone row. With old pencil annotations.
[Ref: 12932]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Chirk Viaduct, Denbighshire.
Chirk Viaduct, Denbighshire.
Drawn & Engraved by C. Jackson from a Sketch by C.A. Hulbert.
Published by C. Hulbert Shrewsbury, 1827.
Rare aquatint. 520 x 340mm (20½ x 13½"). Trimmed within plate on right.
The Chirk Aqueduct, completed 1801 to carry the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley, now Grade II* listed. It was designed by Thomas Telford for the Ellesmere Canal, which was never built. The acqueduct is shown before the building of the railway vaiduct beside it in 1848.
[Ref: 53001]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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Chirk Viaduct - Shrewsbury & Chester Railway.
Chirk Viaduct - Shrewsbury & Chester Railway. Length 846 feet_Height 100 feet_Number of Arches 12_Span of 10 Stone Arches 45 feet_Span of 2 Timber Arches 120 feet. Henry Robertson Engineer.
G. Pickering del_G. Hawkins lith. Day & Son Lith.rs to the Queen.
Published by T. Catherall, Eastgate Row, Chester & Bangor. [n.d., c.1848].
Rare lithograph with hand colour. Sheet: 230 x 315mm (9 x 12½'').
A view of the Chirk Viaduct in Wales.
[Ref: 47755]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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Dee Viaduct- Vale of Llangollen.
Dee Viaduct- Vale of Llangollen. Length 1508 feet_Height 147 feet_Number of Arches 19_Span of Arches 60 feet.
G. Pickering del. G. Hawkins, lith. Day & Son Lith.rs to the Queen.
Published by T. Catherall, Eastgate Row, Chester. [n.d., c.1848.]
Hand-coloured lithograph, fine & rare. Sheet: 240 x 320mm (9½ x 12½''). Damage in margins.
The Dee Viaduct in Wales, on the Shrewsbury and Chester Railway.
[Ref: 47754]   £230.00   (£276.00 incl.VAT)
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[Charles Babbage's Difference Engine].
[Charles Babbage's Difference Engine]. Impression from a woodcut of a small portion of Mr. Babbage's Difference Engine, No. 1, the property of Government, at present deposited in the Museum of King's College, Somerset House.
B. H. Babbage del.
June, 1853.
Woodcut engraving, on album page in ink "from C. Babbage". 215 x 160mm (8½ x 6¼"). Laid on album paper bottom right. Creasing in bottom right corner.
Frontis from "Passages from the Life of a Philosopher" Longman 1864. A small section of Charles Babbage's (1791-1871) Difference Engine No. 1, which was never completed. After Babbage announced plans for his invention in 1822, he drew intense interest from the Government, who agreed to finance his project. However, they withdrew support when the project remained incomplete two decades later and had cost more than ten times the initial budget. By then Babbage's interest drifted towards designing a more general analytical engine. Woodcut engraving by Benjamin Herschel Babbage (1815-1878), Charles' oldest son.
[Ref: 55119]   £480.00  
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Diving.
Diving. Diving Machines.
J. Pass sculp.t.
London. Published as the Act directs. April 10. 1803. by J.Wilkes.
Engraving with fine hand colour. Platemark: 250 x 190mm (9¾ x 7¾"). Small margins.
Five illustrations of early diving devices, including a bell large enough for men to sit in and an individual diving suit.
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[Winstanley's Eddystone Light-house.] Fanale del Porto di Plymouth.
[Winstanley's Eddystone Light-house.] Fanale del Porto di Plymouth.
[Engraved by Francesco Sesone? after Henry Winstanley.]
[Naples, n.d., c.1740.]
Engraving. 170 x 210mm (6¾ x 8¼"). Narrow margins top, original binding folds. Repairs in margins on left. Bit messy.
An Italian illustration of the first Eddystone Lighthouse, copied from a print drawn, etched and published by Henry Winstanley, the designer and builder of the lighthouse. It shows the structure with the cranes needed to transfer people from boats to the rock. Winstanley (1644-1703) was a painter who is said to have learned etching from Wenceslaus Hollar. In the 1690s he opened an amusement arcade in Piccadilly, ''Winstanley's Water-works'', filled with automata of his own design. Having made a fortune he became a merchant, but when two of his ships were wrecked on the Eddystone Rocks, he funded the building of the first recorded offshore lighthouse. If building a tower on a featureless rock was not hard enough, during the construction the enterprise was attacked by a French privateer and destroyed in 1697, with Winstanley taken into captivity. However Louis XIV ordered his release, stating 'France is at war with England, not with humanity', allowing Winstanley to complete the structure in 1698. In 1703 Winstanley was overseeing some repairs when the Great Storm of 1703 hit and both Winstanley and his lighthouse were swept away.
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South Elevation of the Stone Lighthouse completed upon the Edystone in 1759. Shewing the Prospect of the nearest Land, as it appears from the Rocks in a clear calm Day. [&]
South Elevation of the Stone Lighthouse completed upon the Edystone in 1759. Shewing the Prospect of the nearest Land, as it appears from the Rocks in a clear calm Day. [&] Section of the Edystone Lighthouse upon the E & W. Line, as relative to No.8. on Supposition of its being Low Water of a Spring Tide.
Engraved in the Year 1763, by Mr. Edw.d Rooker; The figures by Mr. Sam. Wale.
1763.
Pair of engravings. Platemark: 500 x 350mm (19¾ x 13¾") each. Small margins on 3 sides.
Plates 8 and 9 showing the external and internal structures of the third Eddystone Lighthouse. Smeaton’s lighthouse was modelled on the shape of an oak tree, and employed several novel engineering techniques. It remained in use until 1877, and was then re-erected on Plymouth Hoe, where it still stands as a tourist attraction.
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Falu Koppargrufva. La Mine da Cuivre près de Falun.
Falu Koppargrufva. La Mine da Cuivre près de Falun. No.21.
par J.F. Martin.
[n.d. c.1825]
Aquatint. Plate 571 x 400mm. 22½ x 15¾". Wear to the paper from old card backing, abrasions to the paper surface in the margins area.
Falun Copper Mine is a former copper mine in Falun, Sweden. Here at the entrance to the cave men are at work; a pulley system winches copper up to a rail-cart track above the valley. Plate 21 from 'Svenska Vuer' by Johan Fredrik Martin (1755-1816), Swedish watercolourist and printmaker. Martin lived in London during most of the 1770s.
Ex Collection: Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 19800]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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A snow piece & Farm on fire.
A snow piece & Farm on fire.
Engraving with fine hand colour. Sheet 285 x 165mm. (11¼ x 6½"). Trimmed to printed border and around title.
A scene depicting a fire at a farm in the snow. In the centre, a team of men are using a fire pump to get water from the icy pond to spray on the house. Other figures are carrying their belongings out of the house and some are trying to contain the livestock which have been removed from the barn.
[Ref: 31407]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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Preservation, in Imminant Danger, Or Families rescued from Destruction by Davis's Machines.
Preservation, in Imminant Danger, Or Families rescued from Destruction by Davis's Machines.
[n.d., c.1800.]
A rare aquatint. Sheet: 255 x 195mm (9 x 7¾"). Trimmed within plate.
A scene showing a group of men using a fire machine on a fire in a house. Several men work large pumps to create a spout of water. Illustrated is a balcony type rescue machine extended to the top of the building.
[Ref: 46218]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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Fire-Engine. Plate II. Bramah's Improved Patent Fire Engine.
Fire-Engine. Plate II. Bramah's Improved Patent Fire Engine.
J. Pass sculp.t.
London, Published as the Act directs June 20 1805 by J. Wilkes.
Coloured engraving. 240 x 190mm (9½ x 7½"), large margins.
Diagrams of the parts of a fire-engine designed by Joseph Bramah (1748-1814), who is best known for inventing the hydraulic press and the water closets for Osborne House, Queen Victoria's home on the Isle of Wight. In 1806 he created a machine for printing bank notes with automatic sequential serial numbers.
[Ref: 56702]   £110.00   (£132.00 incl.VAT)
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Part of Forcing Establishment, Hooley Hall, Coulsden, Surrey,
Part of Forcing Establishment, Hooley Hall, Coulsden, Surrey, Heated by one of Weeks & Co's Patent Duplex Upright Tubular Boilers.
[n.d., c.1870.]
Chromolithograph. Sheet 190 x 270mm (7½ x 10½"). Trimmed and laid on album paper; glue stains.
A huge series of greenhouses, built during the vogue created by the Crystal Palace. Probably published by a builder of greenhouses. See 56063.
[Ref: 56070]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Electric Telegraph on the Yarmouth and Norwich Railway, 'A Single Way' Twenty Miles in Length. Open 1st May 1844.
Electric Telegraph on the Yarmouth and Norwich Railway, 'A Single Way' Twenty Miles in Length. Open 1st May 1844.
Printed from Zinc by J.Gieve, St Nicholas Lane. [n.d., c.1844.]
Zincograph, printed area 255 x 140mm. Two tears in margin.
[Ref: 2844]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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A Hall Stove.
A Hall Stove.
Designed, Engraved & Coloured expressly for Le Beau Monde or Library & Fashionable Magazine.
January 1808. [Published by J.B. Bell & Co.]
Hand-coloured engraving. 235 x 145mm. 9¼ x 5¾".
A hall stove, this a pyro-pneumative warming gate.
[Ref: 18985]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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Hetton Colliery in the County of Durham. From which are raised at a depth of three hundred Yards the Hetton & Lyons Wallsend, the Lyons Main, the Old Ducks & Denmark Main Coals, with a View of the Horizontal & Inclined Planes Engines & Staiths on the Bank
Hetton Colliery in the County of Durham. From which are raised at a depth of three hundred Yards the Hetton & Lyons Wallsend, the Lyons Main, the Old Ducks & Denmark Main Coals, with a View of the Horizontal & Inclined Planes Engines & Staiths on the Bank of the River Wear near Sunderland. Projected and Managed by Arthur Mowbray Esq.r
Drawn on Stone by J: D: Harding. Printed by C: Hullmandel.
[n.d. c.1825.]
A very rare and scarce lithograph. 610 x 851mm. 24 x 33½". Tears in the margins, large margins.
Hetton Colliery, as seen to the far right, was connected to the River Wear at Sunderland, seen to the far right, by a railway engineered by George Stephenson between 1819 and 1822.
[Ref: 19803]   £550.00  
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The Hydrostatic Balance to find the Specific Gravities of fluid and Solid Bodies.
The Hydrostatic Balance to find the Specific Gravities of fluid and Solid Bodies.
Engrav'd for ye Universal Magazine, for J. Hinton, at ye Kings Arms, in St. Pauls Church yd. London, 174..
[n.d. c.1749.]
Engraving. 203 x 127mm (8 x 5"). Trimmed along right-hand edge.
A Hydrostatic Balance used to measure fluids and solids.
[Ref: 28620]   £45.00   (£54.00 incl.VAT)
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V. Gottlieb Inventor. 1. A Perpetual Log. 2. A Ships Time Regulator. 3. A Ship's Tell Tale.
V. Gottlieb Inventor. 1. A Perpetual Log. 2. A Ships Time Regulator. 3. A Ship's Tell Tale.
[n.d., c.1790.]
Engraving. Sheet 160 x 120mm (6¼ x 4¾"). Trimmed within plate, laid on album paper.
Diagrams of ship's instuments invented by Valentine Gottlieb, an immigrant who settled in Lambeth in the 1770s. He successfully lobbied the government to install his design of a mechanical perpetual ship’s log to two newly-designed fast postal packets commissioned in 1790 for the North American and West Indian mail service. The December 1791 issue of the European Magazine contained a variation of this engraving plus explanatory text of this group of related navigational instruments.
See http://journal.sciencemuseum.ac.uk/browse/issue-15/valentine-gottlieb/
[Ref: 57043]   £80.00   (£96.00 incl.VAT)
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To the Right Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, Principal Secretary of State for the Foreign Department, and Chairman of the Select Committee for Improving the Port of London, This Perspective View of the Design for A Cast Iron Bridge,
To the Right Honourable Lord Hawkesbury, Principal Secretary of State for the Foreign Department, and Chairman of the Select Committee for Improving the Port of London, This Perspective View of the Design for A Cast Iron Bridge, consisting of a single Arch 600 Feet in the Span and calculated to supply the place of the Present London Bridge; [...] Thomas Telford & James Douglas.
Drawn and Aquatinted by Tho.s Malton. The Bridge Engraved by Will.m Lowry.
[London, 1801.]
Coloured aquatint with line. 450 x 1220mm. Part of inscription excised, with new names stuck on; varnished, laid on linen and mounted on original hangers. Hole in title area and paper crack in sky.
Telford's design for the replacement to London Bridge, beaten by Rennie.
[Ref: 4046]   £2,000.00  
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Optics. Plate XV. Principles and Construction of the Kaleidoscope.
Optics. Plate XV. Principles and Construction of the Kaleidoscope.
J. Pass sc.
Engraved for the Encyclopoedia Londonensis, 1820.
Coloured engraving. 270 x 215mm (10¾ x 8½"). Trimmed into plate on three sides. Slight staining.
[Ref: 56819]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Henderson's Patent Collapsible Boat, for Saving Life at Sea and other Purposes.
Henderson's Patent Collapsible Boat, for Saving Life at Sea and other Purposes. To be seen at Exhibition Grounds, on Bank of Kelvin Behind Kelvinggrove Museum. International Exhibition Glasgow, 1888.
Three scarce photographs, each 150 x 205mm (6 x 8") mounted on printed board, 455 x 585mm (18 x 23"). Cracks in edges of backing board.
Three photographs of the lifeboat, published to advertise it at the exhibition.
[Ref: 57134]   £290.00   (£348.00 incl.VAT)
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1. The Edystone. 2. Leghorn. 3. Tour de Cordouan, N.E. 4. Chesseron Light & Signals House, E. b N. 5. Genova. 6. Balaino Light & Signal House, East.
1. The Edystone. 2. Leghorn. 3. Tour de Cordouan, N.E. 4. Chesseron Light & Signals House, E. b N. 5. Genova. 6. Balaino Light & Signal House, East.
[Engraved by J.C. Stadler after John Thomas Serres.]
Engrav'd for I.T. Serres's Little Sea Torch, & Publish'd by him, London, 1801.
Aquatint, printed in blue and hand finished. 240 x 390mm, 9½ x 15¼". Occasional spots.
Six finely-coloured views of lighthouses. Published in Serres's scarce marine pilot, 'The Little Sea Torch', an acknowledged English edition of Bougard's 'Le Petit Flambeau de la Mer', although extensively revised by Serres.
Abbey Life: 344.
[Ref: 13478]   £280.00   (£336.00 incl.VAT)
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An Interior and Exterior View of a Locomotive Steam Engine.
An Interior and Exterior View of a Locomotive Steam Engine. 1. The Boiler. 2. Tubes for conducting the flame through the water. 3. The Fire Box. 4. Feed Pumps. 5. Handle for turning the regulator...20. The Cylinder. 21. The Piston. 22. The Connecting Rods. 23. The Cranked Axles. 24. The Propelling Wheels. 25. Wooden Frame. 26. Buffers.
[n.d. c.1840.]
An extremely scarce pair of hand-coloured lithographs. 318 x 430mm (12½ x 17"). Some loss, damage and tears. Laid down on album sheet.
A pair of diagrams illustrating the inner and outer workings of the steam engine. Steam locomotives dominated the British railways from the start of the 19th century until the mid-20th century; at which point they were superseded by diesel and electric locomotives.
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[London Bridge pier and cofferdam]
[London Bridge pier and cofferdam] To, The Rt. Hon.ble John Garratt Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London. Herewith is a Sketch of the Geometrical Plan and Section of the First Pier and the Coffer Dams erected for the New London Bridge over the River Thames [...]
Ingrey & Madeley Lithog. 310 Strand [1825]
Lithograph, scarce item; printed area approx 330 x 170mm (13 x 6¾"). Creasing.
Plan by architect R.W. Backhouse of the pier and cofferdam erected as part of construction work on the 'new' London Bridge in 1825. The cofferdam enclosed an area of water, enabling it to be pumped out and filled in with the foundations of the new bridge.
[Ref: 43683]   £160.00   (£192.00 incl.VAT)
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The Minrall & Battery Workers.
The Minrall & Battery Workers.
[London, Printed for the Author Rich Wallis Citizen & Arms painter of London & are to be sold by him at his Shop against ye Royall Exchange 1677.]
Engraving. 200 x 155mm, 8 x 6". Trimmed, mounted in album paper.
The Company of Mineral and Battery Works was one of two mining monopolies created by Queen Elizabeth I in the 1560s. Various craft guilds were established in London as early as the 12th century, later becoming known as City Livery Companies because they often wore a distinctive livery or uniform. The companies decided who could work or trade in their crafts, controlling prices and wages, working conditions and welfare. In return for exercising rigorous quality control they received monopoly powers. In continental Europe, various revolutions in the 18th and 19th centuries swept away the guilds, but in England they continued, and several new Companies have appeared in recent years. From "Londons Armory Accuratly delineated in a Graphical display of all the Arms, Crests, Supporters, Mantles and Motto’s of every distinct Company and Corporate Societie in the Honourable City of London".
[Ref: 17845]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Profile de la Machine de Marly Pris sur la largeur des quatorzes Coursieres. [&] Profil du dernier Puisard de la Machine de Marly. [&] Plan Géneral de la Machine de Marly.
Profile de la Machine de Marly Pris sur la largeur des quatorzes Coursieres. [&] Profil du dernier Puisard de la Machine de Marly. [&] Plan Géneral de la Machine de Marly.
A Paris Chez I.Mariette rue St. Jacques aux Colonnes d'Hercule et a la Victoire.
Three plates, with original stitching, each c.220 x 450mm.
Two diagrammes and a map of the Machine of Marly, a huge series of waterwheels built to carry water the 200 yards from the Seine to Louis XIV's fountains at Versailles. Completed in 1684, after three years construction, sixty workers were needed to keep the machine working.
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Marine Screw Engine.
Marine Screw Engine.
[Reynolds; n.d. c.1860.]
Hand-coloured engraving. 215 x 280mm. 8½ x 11". Fold down centre, as normal.
Illustration of the marine screw engine. From Reynolds' 'Pictorial Atlas of Arts, Sciences, Manufacturers and Machinery'.
Ex Collection: Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 20633]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Entrance to the Tubular Bridge.
Entrance to the Tubular Bridge. Menai Straits.
Eng. & Pub. by Newman & Co. 48, Watling St. London. [n.d., c.1850.]
Writing sheet with engraving. Sheet: 225 x 175mm (9 x 7'').
A writing sheet illustrated with an engraving of the entrance to Robert Stephenson's Britannia Bridge with trains, completed in 1850.
[Ref: 49893]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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John Joseph Merlin, The Celebrated Mechanic.
John Joseph Merlin, The Celebrated Mechanic.
C.P.H. del.t et Sculp. [after Thomas Gainsborough]
[Kirby's Wonderful and Eccentric Museum, or, Magazine of Remarkable characters 1803].
Rare engraving with stipple, sheet 105 x 170mm (4¼ x 6¾"). Trimmed within plate. Title removed and glued to the print.
Oval portrait of John Joseph Merlin (born Jean-Joseph Merlin, 1735 –1803) after the one by Gainsborough with a mechanical chariot designed by him. Merlin was a Belgian Freemason, clock-maker, musical-instrument maker and inventor. Notable items he manufactured include; the Silver Swan, Cox's timepiece and inline skates.
[Ref: 57060]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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Optics. Plate XII. 1, 2, 3. Reflecting Microscope. 4 to 8, Solar Microscopes. 9,10. Lucernal Microscope.
Optics. Plate XII. 1, 2, 3. Reflecting Microscope. 4 to 8, Solar Microscopes. 9,10. Lucernal Microscope.
J. Pass sc.
Engraved for the Encyclopoedia Londonensis, 1820.
Coloured engraving. 270 x 215mm (10¾ x 8½"). Trimmed into plate on three sides.
[Ref: 56820]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Optics. Plate XI. Compound Microscopes.
Optics. Plate XI. Compound Microscopes.
J. Pass sc.
Engraved for the Encyclopoedia Londonensis, 1820.
Coloured engraving. 270 x 215mm (10¾ x 8½"). Trimmed into plate on two sides.
[Ref: 56821]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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Microscope and Objects.
Microscope and Objects.
[n.d., 1823.]
Engraving. 255 x 195mm (10 x 7¾"). Trimmed into plate on right.
An illustration of a microscope with four parasitic insect specimens: a flea, louse, 'itch-insect' (Sarcoptes scabei, which burrows and breeds beneath the human skin, thus causing the disease known as the itch) and mite. From Barclay's 'Complete and Universal Dictionary'.
[Ref: 57093]   £90.00   (£108.00 incl.VAT)
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Plate 2. Microsopes. _ See System of Optics.
Plate 2. Microsopes. _ See System of Optics. Copied by Permission from Mr Adams's Essays on the Microscope.
Published as the Act directs by C. Cooke, No 17 Paternoster Row, Dec.r 5 1788.
Engraving. 340 x 210mm (13½ x 8¼"). Narrow left margin. Small margins on 3 sides.
Detailed illustrations of microscope designs.
[Ref: 57130]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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Mineralogy.
Mineralogy.
J.Chapman sculp.t.
Engraving, sheet 265 x 205mm (10½ x 8¼"). Trimmed.
Zeus and Hera sit on thrones surrounded by the other gods; Apollo, Artemis, Hades, Hephaestus, Demeter, Aphrodite, Aries and Hermes. The floor is covered in minerals and gems that putti are excavating and handing over to Hera who holds a set of scales. Cupid soars above them holding a rod.
[Ref: 57067]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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Curclaze Tin Mine.
Curclaze Tin Mine.
Drawn by J. Farington, R.A. Engraved by S. Middiman.
London, Published May 1, 1813, by T. Cadell & W. Davies, Strand.
Engraving, uncut, very large margins. 230 x 285mm (9 x 11¼").
A view of Carclaze Tin Mine, near St Austell in Cornwall, surrounded by high cliffs. The workings include two waterwheels. From 'Britannia Depicta: a Series of Views (with brief Descriptions) of the most interesting and picturesque Objects in Great Britain'.
[Ref: 31651]   £130.00   (£156.00 incl.VAT)
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[Elevation and section of Mooring Ring.]
[Elevation and section of Mooring Ring.]
[n.d., c.1824.]
Pen and ink with watercolour, 250 x 380mm. 9¾ x 15". Staining and discoloration; folds.
Drawings of a mooring ring for the London docks, showing how it is fitted together and fixed to the dock wall.
From the Port of London Authority archives.
[Ref: 11300]   £110.00   (£132.00 incl.VAT)
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Elevation of a Suspension Bridge erected over the river Avon at Tiverton [Twerton] near Bath in 1837,
Elevation of a Suspension Bridge erected over the river Avon at Tiverton [Twerton] near Bath in 1837, designed by & executed under the superindendence of Thomas Motley Civil Engineer, and is the first of its kind ever constructed... To the Proprietors of the above mentioned Bridge, this print is most respectfully inscribed, By their much obliged Friend, Thomas Motley.
London, 6th M.o (June) 1842.
Coloured lithograph. Printed area 235 x 540mm (9¼ x 21¼"). Edges worn, repaired crack entering printed border. Repaired tear top right.
A suspension bridge in Twerton, built by Thomas Motley (born 1791), which was only replaced in the 1980s by Windsor Bridge. This print was published to promote Motley's design for Clifton, beaten by Brunel, Barlow & Hawkshaw.
[Ref: 35381]   £360.00  
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Hadley's Quadrant. Azimuth Compass.
Hadley's Quadrant. Azimuth Compass. Plate VIII. Frontispiece.
J.W. Norie delin.t.
[n.d., 1856]
Steel engraving. Sheet 220 x 130mm (8¾ x 5").
The frontispiece to John William Norie's ''A Complete Epitome of Practical Navigation: containing all necessary instruction for keeping a ship's reckoning at sea''.
[Ref: 56863]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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Optics. Plate I. Reflection and Inflection of Light.
Optics. Plate I. Reflection and Inflection of Light.
J. Pass sc.
Engraved for the Encyclopoedia Londonensis, 1819.
Coloured engraving. 270 x 215mm (10¾ x 8½"). Narrow margins.
Various illustrations.
[Ref: 57128]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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Oscillating Marine Engines.
Oscillating Marine Engines. 31.
[Reynolds; n.d. c.1860.]
Hand-coloured engraving. 215 x 280mm. 8½ x 11". Fold through centre, as normal.
Oscillating marine engines; they could be used to drive either paddlewheels or propellers. The first patented oscillating engine was built by Joseph Maudslay in 1827, but it was considered to have been perfected by John Penn. From Reynolds' 'Pictorial Atlas of Arts, Sciences, Manufacturers and Machinery'.
Ex Collection: Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 20639]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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Bentley & Jackson,  Paper Makers' Engineers,
Bentley & Jackson, Paper Makers' Engineers, Bury, Near Manchester. Combined Water Strainer and Stop Valve, for Rag Engines, &c., &c.
[Anon., c.1870s.]
Letterpress broadside, manufacturer's promotional flyer/handbill, with diagram illustration and explanatory text. Sheet 205 x 130mm, 8 x 5".
Advertisement for a specialised part for paper-making machinery.
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: 16459]   £70.00   (£84.00 incl.VAT)
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The Parisian Portable Alarum [Alarm],
The Parisian Portable Alarum [Alarm], Sonnerie Tres-Bruyante, Indispensible for Travellers, the Clergy...and all whose professional pursuits require occasionally very early rising. Sold Wholesale and Retail, by William S. Adams, Furnishing Ironmonger, 57, Haymarket, London.
[London, c.1850s.]
Letterpress broadside advertisement label/handbill, for a wind-up mechanical alarm. Sheet 115 x 195mm, 4½ x 7¾".
The application for the "wind up alarm clock" including specific 'Directions for Use' are printed in a way that means this leaflet might have been inserted into the box or packaging with the product.
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: 16457]   £95.00   (£114.00 incl.VAT)
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[Trade flyer]  Improved Drain Tile Machine. (Etheredge's Patent.)
[Trade flyer] Improved Drain Tile Machine. (Etheredge's Patent.) ...Licenses may be obtained for using the Machine, with terms of Royalty, and every other information, on application to John Cheese, Resident Manager.
For the Proprietors, C. Etheredge & Co. At their Offices, ['16, Park Street, Westminster' crossed in ink, 'No 11 Furnivals Inn London' in ink mss.] [Anon., c.1845.]
Scarce manufacturer's promotional handbill/flyer, illustrated letterpress broadsheet. Sheet 235 x 190mm. 9¼ x 7½". Fold creases as normal.
The text briefly explains the mechanics of the horse-powered machine (illustrated with a diagram) which in one operation turns clay into "tiles or pipes by compression". The verso lists the prizes the machine has received from Agricultural Societies in England, Scotland and Ireland. Frederick William Etheredge obtained his patent in 1842.
[Ref: 18213]   £120.00   (£144.00 incl.VAT)
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A New Perspective Instrument, By, Joseph Priestley of Bradford in Yorkshire.
A New Perspective Instrument, By, Joseph Priestley of Bradford in Yorkshire.
Publish'd Dec.r 1.st 1782, by J. Fielding Pater-noster Row.
Engraving. Plate 113 x 172mm (4½ x 6¾").
An illustration of a tool aiding architectural artists present perspective precisely. It was published in Priestley's 'A Familiar Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Perspective'; a discussion of the principles of linear perspective. Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), a theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher and a chemist often credited with the discovery of oxygen. Because he found difficulty finding artists capable of illustrating his scientific books, he decided it would be easier to learn how to do it himself; he then published this artist's manual.
[Ref: 28621]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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