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Tour of the Grand Junction, illustrated in a series of engravings; with an historical and topographical description of those parts of the counties of Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Northamptonshire, through which the canal passes.
London: printed for J. Hassell, 27, Richard-Street, Islington. 1819. 8vo., with 24 fine fully hand-coloured aquatint plates, each with its original tissue guard, viii + 147 + (5)pp., in spite of the tissue guard, a little offsetting of frontispiece on title-page, contemporary calf panelled in gilt and blind, flat spine with gilt lettering piece, marbled edges, the binding generally somewhat worn, nonetheless still sound. A good copy with fine impressions of the coloured plates. First edition. Abbey, Scenery,> 30. Tooley 252. Goldsmiths 22530.2. Williams I, p.93. The plates are really rather fine, 18 of them showing views in which the canal features, often with locks or bridges. The Grand Junction Canal ran from Braunston in Northamptonshire to the River Thames at Brentford, with a number of branches. The main canal was constructed between 1793 and 1805 and was designed to improve the route from the Midlands to London, by-passing the upper reaches of the River Thames near Oxford, thus shortening the journey. By about 1810 the canal had reduced the distance to London from the Midlands by 60 miles and had made the journey reliable. As a result, it thrived: in 1810 it carried 343,560 tons of goods through London, with roughly equal amounts into and out of the capital.
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