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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  
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[Six 'Sea Side Sketches']
[Six 'Sea Side Sketches']
[Various publishers, c.1870.]
Six steel engravings, each c. 100 x 115mm (4 x 4½"), trimmed and laid on album paper with three other prints.
Satires relating to bathing at Brighton. Publishers include ''J.S. & Co.'', ''Newman & Co.'' & ''Kershaw & Son''.
[Ref: 50448]   £90.00   (£108.00 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  
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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- 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].
Hand-coloured lithograph fine & rare. Sheet: 230 x 315mm (9 x 12½'').
A view of the Chirk Viaduct in Wales.
[Ref: 47755]   £230.00  
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Gateway of Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Gateway of Clifton Suspension Bridge. Proposed to be erected by the Trustees appointed under the Act according to the Design and under the Directions of I. Brunel Jun.r Civil Engineer F.R.S.
Published by O.C. Lane Clifton. Printed by C. Hullmandel del.
[n.d., c.1840.]
Lithograph on india, rare. Sheet: 350 x 450mm (13¾ x 17¾''). Creasing, repaired tears. Damaged. Small margins.
A view of the proposed entrance to the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The final design was drawn up by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw and was based on an earlier design by I.K. Brunel.
[Ref: 48104]   £230.00  
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Suspension Bridge to be erected over the Avon at St. Vincent's Rocks Clifton. Taken from the Zig Zag.
Suspension Bridge to be erected over the Avon at St. Vincent's Rocks Clifton. Taken from the Zig Zag.
Drawn on Stone by G. Childs from a Sketch by S. Jackson.
Published by O.C. Lane, Library Clifton. Printed by J. Graf. [n.d., c.1830.]
Lithograph. Sheet: 280 x 380mm (11 x 15'') very large margins.
A view of the proposed Clifton Suspension Bridge, the bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1864 by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw following Brunel's death.
[Ref: 48239]   £160.00   (£192.00 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  
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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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[Edystone Light-house.]
[Edystone Light-house.]
This Draught was made & Engraven by Henry Winstanley of Littlebury Gen.t and is Sold at his Waterworks: where also is to be seen at any time ye modle of ye said Building & Principal Rooms, for six pence a peice.
[Littlebury: Henry Winstanley, c.1700. ]
Rare etching, lower sheet of two only. 510 x 700mm (20 x 27¾"). Trimmed to image, edges a little worn. Some small loss.
The bottom sheet of a two sheet illustration of the first Eddystone Lighthouse, drawn, etched and published by Henry Winstanley, the designer and builder of the lighthouse. It shows the lighthouse up to the gallery, with the cranes needed to transfer people from boats to the rock. An inscription on the side of the lighthouse reads 'Hanc Pharon Designavit et struxit H. Winstanley de Littlebury In Com. Essex Gent. Anno Dom 1699.' 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'' (mentioned in the advert at the bottom of this print) 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.
Rare: the BM example is a later state describing the 1703 disaster.
[Ref: 49977]   £850.00  
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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 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  
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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  
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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  
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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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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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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  
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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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Manufacture of Coal Gas.
Manufacture of Coal Gas. The Manufacture of Coal Gas is conducted in the following manner. The Retort, which is usually a D shaped cast-iron vessel, is brought to a bright red heat...The Gas passes through these, and parts with the sulphuretted hydrogen and carbonic acid, which render it impure and unwholesome for use; it is then fit for distribution, and is conveyed to the Gas Holder, where it remains until it is allowed to pass to the consumers' burners.
London: James Reynolds, 174, Strand. [n.d. c.1860.]
Hand-coloured engraving. 216 x 280mm. 8½ x 11". Fold down centre, as normal.
Illustration of the manufacture of coal gas with explanatory text. From Reynolds' 'Pictorial Atlas of Arts, Sciences, Manufacturers and Machinery'.
Ex Collection: Norman Blackburn. In the Science and Society Picture Library.
[Ref: 20631]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Manufacture of Iron.
Manufacture of Iron. Metallic Iron is obtained from any different ores of the metal; but by far the larger portion in this country is derived from the ore called Clay-iron-stone...Whether the iron is to be converted into a delicate ornament, or into a huge beam for a steam engine, it is alike obtained from the crude ore by the means thus shortly described.
London: James Reynolds, 174, Strand. [n.d. c.1860.]
Hand-coloured engraving. 215 x 280mm. 8½ x 11". Fold down centre, as normal.
An illustration of the manufacture of iron with explanatory text. Depiction of the blast furnace and the smelting process, where the iron is then tapped from the furnace into the channels, forming what is known as 'pig' iron. From Reynolds' 'Pictorial Atlas of Arts, Sciences, Manufacturers and Machinery'.
Ex Collection: Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 20637]   £60.00   (£72.00 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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The General Laws of the Leeds Independent Order of the Miners' Refuge.
The General Laws of the Leeds Independent Order of the Miners' Refuge. Established March 26th 1853, in Remembrance of the Unity.
J. Parrott, Printer, Briggate, Leeds.
Lettrpress pamphlet, 4pp, each 155 x 95mm (6 x 3¾"). Final page glued to backing card.
Pamphlet listing the fifteen rules of the Miners' Association, with preface, presumably printed for distribution to Leeds miners although with nationwide application. Early Trade Union item.
[Ref: 37673]   £170.00   (£204.00 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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Moderator Lamps,
Moderator Lamps, Direct from the Manufacturer at Paris, Imported by Samuel Hickson & Son, 72, Wellbeck Street, London.
Printed by Stevens & Co., Bell Yard, Temple Bar. [c.1870.]
Letterpress broadside, manufacturer's promotional flyer/handbill for 'moderator' lamps. Sheet 255 x 160mm, 10 x 6¼".
Includes directions for use. Vegetable oil gave a clear, smokeless, odourless flame, but was too heavy to move easily to the lamp's wick. The importer advertises lamps fitted with a mechanism that forced oil up to the wick. Such 'moderator' lamps were the latest fashionable interior furnishings from France.
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: 16530]   £80.00   (£96.00 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  
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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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1. A Perpetual Log. 2. A Ships, Time Regulator. 3. A Ships, Tell Tale.
1. A Perpetual Log. 2. A Ships, Time Regulator. 3. A Ships, Tell Tale. European Magazine.
V. Gottlieb, Inventor.
Published by J. Sewell, Cornhill, Dec.r 1. 1791.
Engraving. Plate 178 x 127mm (7 x 5"). Trimmed to plate along left edge.
An engraving from the European Magazine illustrating three nautical inventions of V. Gottlieb.
In the Collection of the British Horological Institute.
[Ref: 30021]   £75.00   (£90.00 incl.VAT)
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On Warming Hothouses by Steam.
On Warming Hothouses by Steam. [Illustration titles:] Ground Plan of the Houses of Hackney. Shewing the Arrangement of the Steam Boilers, Pipes &c. Scale 64 Feet to the Inch. [&] Elevation of the Steam Apparatus for Heating Hothouses &c. at Hackney. Scale 6 feet to an Inch.
Drawn by George Loddiges. Dec.r 1818.
Rare Booklet with two illustrations with text. 221 x 172mm. 8¾ x 6¾".
George Loddiges was a nurseryman and horticulturalist active in the early 19th century. In the 1820s George Loddiges designed the steam heating and an overhead system of irrigation for a range of hothouses at the nursery in Hackney, which greatly impressed the visitors. By 1845 the nursery was growing 280 species and varieties of palms and 1916 of orchids.
Ex Norman Blackburn Collection.
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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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Printing. Plate II.
Printing. Plate II. 1. Ruthvens Press. 2.&3. Bacon & Donkin's Press.
J. Pass sc.
Engraved for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis 1826.
Engraving. Plate 160 x 197mm. 6¼ x 7¾".
Two types of printing press. In the early 19th century an Edinburgh printer named Ruthven devised a press in which the type remained stationary, the plate moving over it on a wheeled carriage. One of Bacon and Donkin's revolving cylinder printing machines was later acquired by Cambridge University Press.
In the Science & Society Picture Library.
[Ref: 20625]   £65.00   (£78.00 incl.VAT)
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Reduced Plan and Elevation of the proposed Bridge of Suspension from Little Tower Hill to Horslydown.
Reduced Plan and Elevation of the proposed Bridge of Suspension from Little Tower Hill to Horslydown. Designed by Capt:n Sam:l Brown: RN and Jam:s Walker Civil Engineer.
F. Barrallier del: Litho: by L: Clark & Co. No.1. Birchin Lane Corn Hill.
[n.d. c.1823.]
Lithograph, rare. Sheet 367 x 538mm. 14½ x 21¼".
A proposed design for a bridge where Tower Bridge now stands. Captain Sir Samuel Brown (1776-1852) was an early pioneer of chain design and manufacture and of suspension bridge design and construction. He is best known for the Union Bridge of 1820, the first vehicular suspension bridge in Britain.
[Ref: 26189]   £260.00  
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W. & J. Reed. Turning Lathes of modern English Workmanship,
W. & J. Reed. Turning Lathes of modern English Workmanship, suitable for Gentlemen, Amateurs or others who follow Mechanical Pursuits. Also a small Superb Steam Engine applicable to a Saw Mill or for Pumping water, a Saw Frame on Brunel's principle for Cutting veneers, and other pieces of Mechanism on sale at No 229 English Back Line.
Lithog by J.Reed, 1824. No 1.
Lith. chez A.Lange.
Lithograph. Printed area. This very unusual print has the title in Russian, English and French. 265 x 330mm. Spotting in margins
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 4805]   £450.00  
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A Description of Rolling Carts and Waggons, As built by James Sharp, Leadenhall-Street.
A Description of Rolling Carts and Waggons, As built by James Sharp, Leadenhall-Street. Rolling Carts and Waggons for Amendment & Preservation of Roads on the Plan recommended by Mr Dan Bourn, in his ingenious treatise on Wheel Carriages with some improvements on the construction as buily by James Sharp of Leadenhall Street, London. 1772.
Dent Delin.t et Sculp.t Lombard Street.
4pp., loose including two engraved plates on one sheet, total printed area 240 x 300mm (9½ x 11¾"). Edges chipped, creased.
Seven illustrations of two wagons with wide wheels. According to the descriptive text 'the frequent use of them will render the Roads both smooth and hard'.
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[Set of Six.] The descent into the salt-mines of Dürnberg.
[Set of Six.] The descent into the salt-mines of Dürnberg. Entrance to the mine. [&] Sliding-party in the under-part. [&] Passage over the brine-lake in the inner-part of the mountain. [&] Sliding-party in the upper-part. [&] Getting out of the mine (on a wooden horse).
Gez. v. Hanns Brunner.
Eigenthum des Jos. Hinterstoisser am Dürnberge (Vorbehalt jeder Art Nachdruck).
Set of six engravings printed on india paper. Plates: 145 x 125mm (5¾ x 5"), with very large margins. Light foxing.
A series of six plates illustrating various processed of salt-mining in the Durrnberg mines near Salzburg in Austria.
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A View of the Rayas Mine, shewing the wall of Stone constructed for the purpose of placing additional whims at the Great Shaft.
A View of the Rayas Mine, shewing the wall of Stone constructed for the purpose of placing additional whims at the Great Shaft. 31st December 1827
Baynes & Harris Lithog 31 Gracechurch St
Lithograph, sheet 280 x 390mm (11 x 15¼"). Tear lower right; surface loss on right. Very scarce.
San Juan de Rayas mine in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico still in operation.
[Ref: 46944]   £360.00  
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The Scale of Nations.
The Scale of Nations. Showing the Sizes, Areas, Population, Exports & Imports, Revenues and National Debts, of the Leading Countries and Kingdoms. Compiled 1881.
H. Blacklock & Co. Lith. London.
Published by W.R. Guest, 20 Warwick Lane, E.C.
Lithograph, rare. Printed area 530 x 730mm (20¾ x 28¾". Folded.
A comparative table of the size and wealth of twenty nations, including the British Empire, Russia, China, the United States of America, Turkey, France and the Ancient Roman Empire.
[Ref: 30690]   £320.00  
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The Severn Bridge As it will appear from Gatcomb with Sharpness Point and Docks in the Distance.
The Severn Bridge As it will appear from Gatcomb with Sharpness Point and Docks in the Distance.
Waterlow & Sons, London.
[n.d., c.1875.]
Rare tinted lithograph. Printed area 315 x 625mm (12½ x 24½"), with very large margins.
A view of the proposed bridge carrying the railway across the River Severn between Sharpness and Lydney, Gloucestershire, built 1875-9 by the Severn Bridge Railway Company. The twenty-one bowstring spans were the work of Hamilton's Windsor Ironworks Company Limited of Garston, Liverpool. The bridge was demolished in 1967 after barges crashed into the bridge causing structural damage.
[Ref: 49575]   £480.00  
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Internal View of the Silver Mines near Schemnitz in Hungary.
Internal View of the Silver Mines near Schemnitz in Hungary.
Craig del.t. Williams, sc.p.
Bungay Jan.y 7th 1818 Published by Brightly & Childs.
Engraving. 235 x 190mm, 9¼ x 7½".
The interior of a mine, with miners being lowered through a hole in the tunnel roof on ropes. In the background a miner shelters from a blast. Schemnitz is now Banska Stiavnica.
[Ref: 26521]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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