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BRYSON, William
Manuscript Journal - Urban Infrastructure - Railways
Chicago, 1845. Drogheda, Dublin [Ireland], Dumfries [Scotland], New Rochelle, Chicago [U.S.A.], 1845-1860. One original signed field journal of notes and drawings, made by William Edward Bryson, Scottish architect and civil engineer who immigrated to the United States of America in 1847 and who was an instrumental contributor in designing and constructing the transportation and storm drain frameworks upon which Chicago rapidly emerged into a dominant Midwest metropolis. Small 8vo. Adcock's Engineer's Pocket Book, 152 pages, printed in London, containing detailed manuscript notes and meticulous drawings to 80 pages, featuring bridge building, railway lines and underground storm drain works. Front endpaper signed by Bryson, his initials also appearing twice in the text. Beautiful morocco binding with five raised bands and marbled endpapers representative of the period. Volume measures approximately 12 x 16,5 x 2 cm. Very slight age toning to leafs, otherwise in very good condition, a most pleasing and unique volume.The engineer's notes begin with 5 stellar pre-construction drawings of Ireland's Boyne Viaduct dated November 1845, illustrating the original ironworks which have since been removed, and complete with weights and measurements, 5 pages. [Construction on the railway bridge began eight years later in 1853 and was completed in 1855. The original iron spans were wide enough to carry two tracks. When the bridge was refurbished in the 1930s, new steel girders replaced the iron structure.] He also sketches a proposal for the Newton Cap Viaduct in Bishop Auckland, with furt … [Click Below for Full Description]
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