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Public works of Great Britain : consisting of railways, rails, chairs, blocks, cuttings, embankments, tunnels, oblique arches, viaducts, bridges, stations, locomotive engines &c : cast iron bridges, iron and gas works : canals, lock gates, centering, masonry and brick work for canal tunnels, canal boats, the London and Liverpool docks, plans and dimensions, dock gates, walls, quays and their masonry, mooring chains : plan of the harbour and port of London, and other important engineering works with descriptions and specifications : the whole rendered of the utmost utility to the civil engineer, to the nobility and gentry, as monuments of the useful arts in this country and as examples to the foreign engineer / edited by F.W. Simms, C.E. ; 153 plates.
London : John Weale, Architectural Library, 59 High Holborn, 1838.
London : J.B. Nichols and Son, 25 Parliament Street
[London] : Cole and Taylor, printers, Crane Court, Fleet Street
Physical Description:
[5], viii-xii, 72, 32, 24, 70 pages, [142] leaves of plates in various foliations : illustrations, maps, plans ; 56 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
L 410 (Folio A)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Engraved title page.
"A scientific, historical, and commercial survey of the harbour and port of London by James Elmes, architect & civil engineer, surveyor of the port of London. Hemisphere projected on the plane of the horizon of London."-- Engraved section title page for Division IV. Survey of the port of London.
Engravings by W.A. Beever, Thomas Kearnan, Samuel Bellin, William Collard, Joseph Drayton, George Gladwin, John Hawksworth, Mark Lambert, F. (i.e. Frederick?) Mansell, T.S. Porter, John Roffe, C. Rosenberg, Frederick Rumble, and Benjamin Tanner, after William Baker, W.A. Beever, Charles Frederick Cheffins, Christopher Davy, Michael Alexander Gage, Charles Henfrey, James Hennell (i.e. James Rennell?), Thomas Kearnan, William Strickland, and Ralph Walker.
Printer's statement for J.B. Nichols and Son from the foot of page 24 in Division III.
Printer's statement for Cole and Taylor from the foot of page 70 in Division IV.
"The author [i.e. editor, Frederick Walter Simms] was engaged in railway engineering in England and India throughout his life, becoming consulting engineer to the London, Chatham, and Dover railway. The book Public Works is one of the most detailed and authoritative of early railway books."--Abbey.
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 1478-1840, 2643
Neville, J. Hydraulic tables, coefficients, and formulae for finding the discharge of water from orifices, notches, weirs, pipes, and rivers, 91
Skempton, A.W. British civil engineering, 1640-1840, 1292
Weale, J. Statistical notices of publications on the constructive arts, 1837
Abbey, J.R. Life in England in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 410
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bound in contemporary half green morocco.
Subject Terms:
Bridges -- Great Britain.
Civil engineering.
Docks -- Great Britain.
Great Britain.
Harbors -- Great Britain.
Public works -- Great Britain.
Public works.
Railroads -- Great Britain.
Aquatints -- 1838.
Wood engravings -- 1838.
Architectural drawings.
Cheffins, Charles, F., illustrator.
Davy, Christopher, illustrator.
Gage, Michael Alexander, illustrator.
Henfrey, Charles, illustrator
Rennell, James, 1742-1830, illustrator.
Strickland, William, 1787-1854, illustrator.
Walker, Ralph, 1749-1824, illustrator.
Beever, W. A., illustrator, engraver.
Kearnan, Thomas, illustrator, engraver.
Bellin, Samuel, 1799-1893, engraver.
Collard, William, engraver.
Drayton, Joseph, engraver.
Gladwin, George, engraver.
Hawksworth, John, active 1819-1848, engraver.
Lambert, Mark, 1781?-1855, engraver.
Mansell, Frederick, engraver.
Porter, T. S., engraver.
Roffe, John, 1769-1850, engraver.
Rosenberg, C., (Engraver) active 1838, engraver.
Rumble, Frederick, engraver.
Tanner, Benjamin, 1775-1848, engraver.
Simms, Frederick Walter, 1803-1865, editor.
Weale, John, 1791-1862, publisher.
Elmes, James, 1782-1862, author, illustrator.
J.B. Nichols and Sons, printer.
Cole and Taylor, printer.
Gad & Keningale, printer.
J. & C. Walker (Firm), engraver.

  • Division I. Railways
  • Division II. Canals, bridges, river walls, and the docks and port of Liverpool
  • Division III. Turnpike roads, iron, steel, and gas works
  • Division IV. Survey of the port of London.

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