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BOURNE, John C.
The History and Description of the Great Western Railway, including its geology, and the antiquities of the district through which it passes; accompanied by a plan and section of the railway, a geological map, and by numerous views of its principal viaducts, bridges, tunnels, stations, and of the scenery and antiquities in its vicinity.
London David Bogue, 1846. First edition, [?]second printing; large folio (530 x 360 mm.); additional pictorial lithographed title, lithographed calligraphic dedication leaf and list of plates with vignette, 47 fine lithographed views and architectural details on 33 sheets, most tinted, paper guards, 2 hand-coloured maps and a hand-coloured geological cross-section at end, with lithographed vignettes of Paddington Station at end of Preface and Bathampton church at end of Appendix A, both on mounted india paper, additional title slightly friable at edges with small tape repair to one corner, some foxing, particularly to additional title, letterpress title and list of plates, otherwise mostly restrained to the margins; original cloth boards lettered in gilt, rebacked sympathetically in green morocco preserving the original morocco & gilt backstrip, fore-corners worn; with two other, related works. A very good example of this monumental work by John C. Bourne, significant in the context of both railway engineering and Victorian illustrated books, for its splendid use of the lithographic process. The work was originally issued in 1843, though it seems most likely this 1846 edition is simply a first printing with amended title-page, as few copies of the original were sold. Although the work is commonly attributed to Bourne, the informative text was actually written by George Thomas Clark, an engineer and respected geologist, who worked with Brunel on two sections of the line and was responsible for the Basildon and Moulsford bridges. Like Bourne's representations of the London & … [Click Below for Full Description]
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