William Bridges Adams (1797-1872), locomotive engineer, author, inventor of the Adams axle
1 Adam Street, Adelphi [ London ]. 22 June 1854.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Adams' handwriting is difficult, and the name of the recipient is unclear. The letter begins: 'I expect the Spectator will have the article in on Saturday next - as I have returned the proof with the title which I composed to day | The Mechanics Magazine will I dare say be glad to copy it from the Spectator [...]'. He gives the address at which he will be staying for the following week: 'The Crouch | Lidford | Nr Lewes | Sussex'.
Sir Frederick Bramwell [ Sir Frederick Joseph Bramwell ] (1818-1903), British locomotive and civil engineer [ Sir Henry Trueman Wood; Royal Society of Arts; Stockton and Darlington Railway ]
All ten on letterheads of Bramwell & Harris, 5 Great George Street, Westminster, SW [ London ]. All ten dating from 1901.
Each item 1p., 4to. The collection in good condition, on lightly aged paper. The correspondence shows the eighty-three-year-old Bramwell as an active member of the Society's Council. One letter relates a paper by 'Mr. Madgen' on 'the dwelling accommodation in London', another refers to the death of a 'charming colleague' named Cobb.
Augustus Frederick FitzGerald, 3rd Duke of Leinster (1791-1874), Irish peer and Freemason, Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Ireland
Carton, Maynouth. 6 August 1854.
On one side of 11 x 18cm. piece of paper. Creased and lightly aged. Reads: 'The Duke of Leinster requests the Superintendent of the Armagh Station will have the kindness to Order a pair of Horses to be ready by the 1.20. train from Dublin to take him to the Archbishops Palace - on Tuesday next the 8th Augt | Carton Maynooth | 6th Aug 1854'.
Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), pioneering railway engineer, constructor of 'Stephenson's Rocket'.
On letterhead of 24 Great George Street, Westminster [ London ]. 1 June 1852.
2pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, with the text of the letter on the first leaf, and the second laid down on a leaf removed from an album. Stephenson's letter in good condition, on lightly aged paper. He writes that he is sending the recipient the reply he has received from 'Mr Harrison'. He feels that it would be better for Moberley to 'purchase the old Machine of the Contractors Messrs Rush & Lawton'. He does not know their address, but if they send him 'any drawing, it will be forwarded'. Rush and Lawton were Newcastle railway contractors. The recipient is probably W. H.
Great Wheal Busy Limited (Chacewater Mine), Gwennap, Cornwall; St Blazey Consols Engine; Penhalls, St Agnes; Trevaunance Coombe; Henderson & Son, Civil & Mining Engineers, Truro; W. Tregoning Hooper
Two items with stamp of Henderson & Son, Civil Engineers, Truro, Cornwall; one of them dated 31 March 1885. Another item from around 1910, and another from 1941.
All five items rolled up. ONE: Cloth-backed map. Title in large coloured fancy letters at head: 'PLAN OF TREVAUNANCE COOMBE'. Dimensions: 99 x 353 cm (3 1/4 feet x 11 1/2 feet). 'Scale | 4 FATHOMS TO 1 INCH'. Oval stamp of Henderson & Son, Civil Engineers, Truro, in bottom right-hand corner, with manuscript date 31 March 1885. Drawn in black ink, and coloured in blue, grey, brown and red. In fair condition, aged and worn. Striking and attractive, with neat lettering, fancy compass (with projected line marked 'MAGNETIC | 1881'), and ruled border with decorative corners.
[ G. N. Tyrrell (d.1893), Superintendent of the Line, Great Western Railway; Didcot Railway Station, Oxfordshire ]
Great Western Railway, London. Undated [1870s?].
Original map, drawn in black ink, with a few lines in red. Rolled up. 'G, W. R. | DIDCOT | PROPOSED ALTERATIONS | Scale 40 Feet to an Inch'. Dimensions: 101 x 385 cm. With a few annotations in light pencil. Signed by G. N. Tyrrell (Superintendent of the Line) and another individual ('). Oval ink stamp of the Great Western Railway, Engineer's Office, Paddington, in top right-hand corner, numbered 7025, with printed label of the same on reverse. Title in manuscript on reverse: 'DIDCOT PROPOSED ALTERATIONS'. Showing a complex arrangement of railway lines at a junction.
[ Engineer's Plan Office, Great Western Railway, Paddington, London; Cookham Station, Berkshire ]
[ Engineer's Plan Office, Great Western Railway, Paddington, London. ] July 1867.
Original map in black ink, coloured in blue, grey, brown, cream, yellow, red. Titled: 'COOKHAM STATION | Scale, 40 Feet to an Inch | July 1867'. With stamp in red ink: 'TO BE RETURNED TO | ENGINEER'S PLAN OFFICE | G.W.R. PADDINGTON'. In ink on reverse: 'COOKHAM STATION'. Aged and worn.
[ Engineer's Office, Great Western Railway, Paddington, London; Pangbourne Railway Station, Berkshire]
[ Engineer's Office, Great Western Railway, Paddington, London. ] Undated [1840s?].
Drawn map in black ink, coloured in blue and pink. Titled: 'G. W. R. | PANGBOURNE STATION | SCALE 40 FEET TO AN INCH'. 46 x 111 cm. Oval ink stamp in top right-hand corner of the Great Eastern Railway, Engineer's Office, Paddington, numbered 6241. Aged and grubby, with wear to extremities. In ink on reverse: '11 PANGBOURNE STATION'. 66 x 93 cm. Plan of station on line from Wycombe to London. Aged and grubby, with wear to extremities. 6cm closed tear at one side. Annotated in light pencil. Annotations include: 'Newton | Mr.
[Robert Raikes (1765-1837) of Welton House, banker; The Hull and Selby Railway Bill, 1836]
Both documents printed by 'Meredith and Reeve, Lincoln's Inn, For Wilkinson, Hull.' Both dated 1836.
The two items are uniform in layout, on folio bifoliums, with the text covering the whole of the recto of the first leaf, and the details printed lengthwise on the reverse of the second. Both in good condition, and folded into the customary packets. An early example of nimbyism, rather rich coming from a banker. The petition begins: 'In the House of Lords.
Sir William Henry Preece (1834-1913), 'Engineer-in-Chief and Electrician, General Post Office, London; Vice-President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.'
London: Printed by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, Stamford Street and Charing Cross. 1897.
8vo: 13 pp. Stitched. In original cream printed wraps. On aged, spotted paper, in heavily worn wraps. Facsimile of handwriting at head of front wrap reads 'With the Author's Compliments'. Two diagrams in text.
Jean-Daniel Colladon (1802-1893), Swiss physicist and engineer, Professor of Mechanics at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, Paris [Eugène Flachat (1802-1873)] [steam engines; railway]
27 January 1835; 'à Lyon chez Messieurs Pine Des Granges', on letterhead of the École.
4to bifolium: 2 pp, with address on otherwise-blank second leaf. Very good on lightly aged paper. Slight wear to extremities. A significant document, casting light on the relative states of engineering in early nineteenth-century France and England, and the role of the scientist in France at that time.
B. Reynell [Victorian, Edwardian illustration; railway locomotives; steam engines]
Without date or place [Edwardian?].
Landscape sketchbook of twelve leaves. Dimensions of each leaf roughly 26.5 x 38 cm. Unbound and stitched. In original brown patterned wraps. Good, on lightly discoloured and spotted drawing paper, with some wear to extremities, heavy wear at head of spine, and in heavily-worn wraps. The first leaf, otherwise blank, has had a small square taken out of it, and there are stubs indicating the removal of a couple of leaves.
22 August 1947; on letterhead of D. Napier & Son Limited, Acton.
Scottish engineer (died 1967), noted for his innovative design of a gas turbine engine. One page, 12mo. Very good. Pinholes to one corner and bearing a date stamp. He is honoured to be nominated as a fellow of the Society, and encloses the proposal and a cheque (neither present), thanking the Council 'for the kind invitation extended to me'. Signed 'H. Sammons'.
Without date or place, but printed date December 1948.
Scottish mathematical physicist and philosopher of science (1896-1972), Director of Statistical Enquiries in the Ministry of Supplies, and chairman and managing director of the company which developed the Whittle jet engine. 3 pages, 8vo. Dusty and creased. Page 3 carries a reproduction of a pencil portrait of Goethe, beneath which is a quotation from him in German.