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BURY, Thomas Talbot

Coloured Views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, With Plates of the Coaches, Machines, &c. from Drawings Made on the Spot

Rudolph Ackermann, London, 1831
Quarto (340 x 275 mm.), specially bound for Denis Collins by Temple Bookbinders in black morocco, the upper cover with magnificent gilt map of the railway from Liverpool to Manchester, housed with a facsimile edition by Hugh Broadbent in 1977 in folding cloth box preserving old gilt morocco lettering label on front, with 13 hand-coloured aquatint plates by S.G. Hughes and H. Pyall after T. Bury, plates 7 & 10 watermarked “J. Whatman, 1831”, plate 4 is dated 1827. With some light colour offset otherwise plates in good fresh colour.
FIRST EDITION. Thomas Bury (1811-1877) was a pupil of Augustus Pugin and is best known for being the artist responsible for this series of views of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. They were first published by the talented Rudolph Ackermann in a series entitled ‘Six Coloured Views of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway’ with paper wrappers and seven plates in February 1831, it proved instantly popular. A second series was published shortly after with a further six plates.

This is one of the most famous colour plate books on the railways and one of the last great books to use aquatint as a medium. With plate 1 in the usual third state showing the wagons without locomotive being hauled by cable as the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Act required. Refer Abbey, Life, 400 (1833 edition); Prideaux p. 329; Rees, Gareth ‘Early Railway Prints’, p. 21 and Plates 5-9 and 13; Russell (1979) p. 84; Tooley 120.
Stock number: 8934

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