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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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[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.
[Ref: 56700]   £70.00   (£84.00 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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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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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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[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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View of the Patent Sa[l]t works & Rock Salt Mine,
View of the Patent Sa[l]t works & Rock Salt Mine,
Print[ed] by C. Hullmandel.
Scarce lithograph, sheet 245 x 460mm (9¾ x 18"). Trimmed losing secondary title. Abrasions losing some letters in text. Laid down on archival paper.
A man with a dog points directions to a man on a horse and a shepherd looks after his flock against the backdrop of smoking chimneys of the Salt Works.
[Ref: 57089]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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Optics. Plate XIII. 1 to 11 for Telescopes. 12 to 15 for Microscopes.
Optics. Plate XIII. 1 to 11 for Telescopes. 12 to 15 for Microscopes.
J. Pass sc.
Engraved for the Encyclopoedia Londonensis, 1820.
Coloured engraving. 270 x 215mm (10¾ x 8½"). Narrow margins. One small wormhole top left.
Diagrams of parts of optical instruments.
[Ref: 57127]   £60.00   (£72.00 incl.VAT)
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