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The Thames Tunnel Open to the Public [Broadside]

 
The Thames Tunnel Open to the Public [Broadside] by BRUNEL, Marc & Isambard Kingdom (1836)
Author: BRUNEL, Marc & Isambard Kingdom
Title: The Thames Tunnel Open to the Public [Broadside]
 
Year: 1836
Publisher: Teape and Son
Place: Tower-Hill, London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £300
 
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270x410mm. Rare broadside advertising tours of one of the great engineering achievements of the nineteenth century, Brunel's Thames Tunnel.

Large broadside with three woodcut images showing the tunnel in cross section passing beneath the Thames, 'A Perspective View of the Thames Tunnel' and 'Elevation of the Shield'. The paper is in excellent condition, a little sunning where the broadside has been displayed in a frame - no sunning to the margin that was concealed within the frame. The broadside is dated March, 1836, adjacent to the imprint at the foot of the page. Not in OCLC although similar broadsides from the first phase of tunnelling in 1820s and later in the 1830s are extant.

Marc, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Thomas Cochrane's Thames Tunnel took nearly 20 years to build despite using their revolutionary tunnelling innovation, the shield which is seen in this broadside. The slow progress forced the tunnellers to seek new investment and allow public tours such as those advertised here. The broadside offers a detailed account of progress on the tunnel and concludes: 'The works from that time [collapse and flood] remained suspended during a period of seven year. They have now re-commenced under the most favorable auspices.' In fact it would take a further five years to complete.
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