Views on the Manchester and Leeds Railway
The first two decades of the Railway Era - from 1830 to 1850 - were the short heyday of the illustration of a new-fangled means of locomotion by engraving and lithograph, coupled with a description of the engineering works or the scenery, or sometimes a composition of both. Those of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway appeared between 1831 and 1835.
The Manchester and Leeds Railway - better known as the Lancashire and Yorkshire, to which it changed its name in 1847- had been opened throughout the fifty miles between Manchester and Normanton on 1st March, 1841, but it was not until 1845 that A. F. Tait and Edwin Butterworth collaborated to produce the volume of text and illustrations here reprinted. Each of Tait's twenty lithographs includes some portion of the railway and the set gives an accurate impression of the difficult terrain through which it passed and the magnitude and diversity of the engineering works involved.
Hardback with dust jacket, circa 68 pages, black & white drawings
Condition: Good - dust jacket age/shelf worn
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