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The Aeriel Ship or Munchausen Improved!
The Aeriel Ship or Munchausen Improved!
[n.d., 1845].
Lithograph. Sheet 175 x 280mm (7 x 11"). Laid down on album sheet. Trimmed around title and into image at bottom.
A satire on the exaggerated ambitions of the 'Henson Aerial Steam Carriage', patented by William Samuel Henson (1812-88) in 1843, over half-a-century before the Wright Brothers' first flight. He incorporated the 'Aerial Transit Company' in 1843, and built a scale model of this steam-powered aeroplane, which did manage to hop (or perhaps bounce) off the ground. However a lack of sustained success led to the company being wound up in 1848.
[Ref: 52638]   £240.00   (£288.00 incl.VAT)
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Fowls of a Feather Flock Together.
Fowls of a Feather Flock Together.
K Fec.t 1785.
Rare etching with aquatint. 110 x 105mm (4¼ x 4"). Laid on album sheet, staining and creasing.
A satire of Vincent Lunardi & his friends by John Kay. In the sky are three balloons, one on fire. The BM example (1852,1009.834) has mss. identifying the left figure as James Tytler, who was the first person in Britain to ascend in a hot air balloon in Britain, although unsuccessfully.
[Ref: 52334]   £260.00   (£312.00 incl.VAT)
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[Droitwich Barge Canal] A Plan of the River Salwarp, and of the intended Navigable Canal, from Droitwich to the River Severn in the County of Worcester.
[Droitwich Barge Canal] A Plan of the River Salwarp, and of the intended Navigable Canal, from Droitwich to the River Severn in the County of Worcester. Survey'd in Oct.r 1767.
Rob.t WhitworthDel. Westwoodm Sculp, Birmingham.
Engraved map. 215 x 355mm (8½ x 14"), with very large margins. Torn.
In 1767 engineer James Brindley was commissioned to survey a route from Droitwich to the River Severn near Hawford to carry the salt obtained from the town's natural brine springs. Robert Whitworth (1734-99) was the chief surveyor and draughtsman for Brindley before becoming a leading canal engineer himself.
Provenance: Sandys Family, Ormersley Court, Worcestershire.
[Ref: 52279]   £160.00  
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[The Duke of Bridgwater's intended canals.]
[The Duke of Bridgwater's intended canals.]
[n.d., c.1760.]
Engraved map, 18th century watermark. 315 x 570mm (12¼ x 22½"). Tear taped. Crease. Small margins.
A sketch map of the canals proposed by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, including the Bridgewater Canal (said to be the first modern canal built in Britain) and a canal linking Manchester and Liverpool, for which he obtained parliamentary approval in 1762.
Provenance: Sandys Family, Ormersley Court, Worcestershire.
[Ref: 52283]   £250.00  
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Hobby Horse Fair &c.
Hobby Horse Fair &c.
I.R. Cruikshank, Inv.t & fecit.
London, Pub.d by G.H. Humphrey, 27 St James's Street August 12th 1819.
Etching with original hand colour. 285 x 415mm (11¼ x 16¼"). Very small margins.
Three rows of satirical sketches of people on hobby horses, including a lamp lighter and the Lord Chancellor, heading to a fourth row of the Hobby Horse Fair
[Ref: 52733]   £480.00  
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Plan of the River Severn and the Jetties at Holt Fleet near Worcester.
Plan of the River Severn and the Jetties at Holt Fleet near Worcester.
[n.d., c.1820.]
mss. on black and red ink,with blue wash. Sheet 285 x 410mm (11¼ x 16¼"). Folds, a few ink blots.
A sketch map of Holt Fleet just prior to the building of Holt Fleet Bridge by Thomas Telford in 1828. 'The Holt Fleet' hotel is marked.
Provenance: Sandys Family, Ormersley Court, Worcestershire.
[Ref: 52290]   £480.00  
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Vincent Lunardi Esqr.,
Vincent Lunardi Esqr., Secretary to the Neapolitan Ambassador and the first aerial Traveller in the English Atmosphere Sept.r 15th 1784.
P. Maguire Sculp.t [after Richard Cosway].
[n.d., c.1800.]
Stipple. 175 x 115mm (7 x 4½"). Thread margins. Very small hole above title.
Portrait of pioneering balloonist Vincent Lunardi (1759-1806), copied from the frontispiece of Lunardi's 'Account of the first Aerial Voyage in England' (1784), engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi.
[Ref: 52672]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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Modern Pegasus or Dandy Hobbies in full Speed.
Modern Pegasus or Dandy Hobbies in full Speed.
[Attributed to William Heath.]
Pub Mar 24 1819 by T Tegg 111 Cheapside.
Hand-coloured etching. 230 x 335mm (9 x 13¼"). Trimmed.
Two men run furiously on velocipedes on a country road. A fat drink-blotched fellow, like a John Bull, is slightly in front, he wears old-fashioned dress; his paunch rests on the bar of the machine. The other is a dandy, with grotesquely high collar and neck-cloth, his coat-tails flying; he wears odd-shaped breeches, full in the seat, and spurred top-boots.
BM Satires 13401.
[Ref: 52325]   £320.00  
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A plan of the Rivers Trent and Tame from Burton to Tamworth in the County of Stafford.
A plan of the Rivers Trent and Tame from Burton to Tamworth in the County of Stafford.
Surveyed by Henry Bradford 1758. Engraved by Th.s Jefferys 1759.
Engraved map. Two sheets conjoined, 310 x 630mm (12¼ x 24½"). Split in platemark, a few stains. Trimmed.
A plan to make the rivers navigable, drawn up by John Smeaton. The Royal Society holds Smeaton's own copy of this map, with his ms. notes on the estimated costs.
Provenance: Sandys Family, Ormersley Court, Worcestershire.
[Ref: 52285]   £280.00  
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[Worcester and Birmingham Canal] A Plan of the intended Navigable Canal from the Town of Birmingham into the River Severn near the City of Worcester.
[Worcester and Birmingham Canal] A Plan of the intended Navigable Canal from the Town of Birmingham into the River Severn near the City of Worcester.
Surveyed in the Year 1789 by John Snape. Ross sculp. Worcester
Engraved map. 365 x 765mm (14¼ x 30"). Some ink toning.
John Snape (1737-1816) surveyed this map with Josiah Clowes (1735-95) in 1789; a parliamentary bill was passed in 1791 and the canal completed in 1815.
Provenance: Sandys Family, Ormersley Court, Worcestershire.
[Ref: 52287]   £250.00  
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[The proposed Worcester and Birmingham Canal.]
[The proposed Worcester and Birmingham Canal.]
[n.d., c.1790.]
Engraved map with hand colour, 18th century watermark. Printed area 200 x 160mm (8 x 6¼"). Trimmed to printed border lower right, tear on fold, binding stitch holes.
A map showing the proposed Worcester and Birmingham Canal and the surrounding canal network, including Dudley, Kidderminster and Wolverhampton.
Provenance: Sandys Family, Ormersley Court, Worcestershire.
[Ref: 52276]   £180.00  
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