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A Bill for incorporating several undertakers, for the better accommodating the inhabitants in and about the cities of London and Westminster, and the parts adjacent, with water. [Caption and docket titles].
London ?, 1720. folio, 11 + (1)pp., well bound recently in cloth spine gilt lettered. A fine, crisp, copy. First edition. 'Whereas the Cities of London and Westminster having of late years greatly increased both in buildings and inhabitants, nothing is more necessary and convenient than a plentiful supply of good and wholsome water. .' The Bill goes on to give a detailed description of the 'powers, liberties and privileges' of the new joint-stock company, sponsored by several 'adventurers' including Thomas Acherley, William Stuart and Sir Francis Dashwood, and known as 'The Governor and Company of St. Albon's Waters'. Apparently rare. Hanson 2878. Not in Kress or Goldsmiths. ESTC finds copies at BL + Chetham's. The Bill was actually not enacted. [bound with], [LONDON WATER SUPPLY]> Observations upon the Bill now depending, for supplying the Cities of London and Westminster, and places adjacent, with water.> [Caption and docket title]. [London, 1725?] folio, single leaf printed on both recto and verso, (2)pp. The docket title cropped with loss, or partial loss, of several words, the text itself not affected. 'It's recited, that the cities are so increas'd in buildings and inhabitants, that there is not water sufficient even for their necessary and ordinary occasions. This will appear to have little foundation, when it's consider'd there are already establish'd, New River, York Buildings, Hampstead, Shadwell, Merchand's, Bankside, London Bridge, Broken Wharf, Conduit, Mill Bank, St. Saviour's, Hyde Park, Westminster alias Chelsea. And no part of the town, but is, or may be pl … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: John Drury Rare Books ABA ILAB [Manningtree, United Kingdom]

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