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[Thames Tunnel] An Explanation Of The Works Of The Tunnel Under The Thames From Rotherhithe To Wapping.

[Thames Tunnel] An Explanation Of The Works Of The Tunnel Under The Thames From Rotherhithe To Wapping.

  • £45000


[Thames Tunnel] An Explanation Of The Works Of The Tunnel Under The Thames From Rotherhithe To Wapping. London: W.Warrington, Engraver And Printer, 27, Strand. And Sold at the Tunnel, Price One Shilling, 1840. [And] Open To The Public Every Day (Sundays Excepted) from Seven in the Morning, until Six in the Evening, THE THAMES TUNNEL. London. H.Teape & Sons, Printers. [C.1840]. [And] Kirwood, S?.[Manuscript Description The Thames Tunnel & Its Medals]. [C.1913].

I. 12mo, 135 x100mm, 24, [1 blank] p., folding engraved map of the Thames Tunnel & eight plates including one folding, one with lift up flap and one folding Thames panorama. Also included is a folding map of the tunnel’s position on the wider Thames in London. Original card covers (worn), side stitched as issued.

This promotional booklet for the Thames Tunnel includes a fine selection of illustrated plates which cover all aspects of the Tunnel’s construction, together with accompanying text giving a history and methods of construction.

II. Single sheet broadside, 280 x 275mm, fold lines repaired & right upper and lower corners restored.

This attractive broadside advertises the Thames Tunnel as open for use from seven in the morning to six at night with three illustrations and a map, which include a transverse section of the Thames view with the tunnel, view of the arches entrances and picture of the men at work. The promotional blurb describes the entrances and ease of use. A very good copy.

III. Four leaves foolscap paper, 265 x 200mm, completed on one side only with last leaf blank i.e. 3 p. text, with clipping from the Architects Journal 1838 tipped in.

This manuscript, of some 450 words, seems to be the work of a numatist describing items from his collection and gives a short history of the tunnel to 1843 and then lists various commemorative medals (eight) with details of material of manufacture, image on medal and manufacturer. Following this is a description of two further items “which I do not show”, one showing the tunnel entrance and the other the iron shield used to work at the tunnel face.  


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