London: Published by R. Ackermann, and Sold by R. Ackermann, Jun., 1831. Item #05437
With Thirteen Fine Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates
Uncut in the Original Printed Wrappers
BURY, T[homas] T[albot]. Coloured Views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, with Plates of the Coaches, Machines, &c. From Drawings Made on the Spot by Mr. T.T. Bury. With Descriptive Particulars, Serving as a Guide to Travellers on the Railway [&] Six Coloured Views on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, with a plate of the Coaches, Machines, &c. From Drawings made on the spot by Mr. T.T. Bury. Price twelve shillings. London: Published by R. Ackermann, and Sold by R. Ackermann, Jun., 1831.
First edition. Two parts in one large quarto volume (14 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches; 359 x 292 mm.). [2, title], 8 pp; [2, (2nd) title] pp. Thirteen hand-colored aquatint plates by H. Pyall (Plates 1-7, and 11-13) and S.G. Hughes (Plates 8-10) after T.T. Bury. Second title-page watermarked: “J. Whatman 1831". No watermarks visible on the plates. Plates 1-7 are dated “Feb. 1, 1831” or “Feby. 1831.” Plates 8-13 are dated 1831. Complete with both title pages.
Loose in the original drab printed wrappers as issued, spine expertly and almost invisibly restored. Chemised in a fleece-lined quarter black morocco over tan cloth boards clamshell case. Spine with five raised bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments.
An exceptional copy, entirely uncut, a full one inch taller than Abbey’s (1834) edition.
The plates are captioned: 1. “The Tunnel;” 2. “Entrance of the Railway at Edge-Hill, Liverpool;” 3. “Excavation of Olive Mount, 4 Miles from Liverpool;” 4. “Viaduct across the Sankey Valley;” 5. “View of the Railway across Chat Moss;” 6. “Entrance into Manchester across Water Street;” 7. “Coaches, &c. employed on the Railway. No. 1, The Northumbrian, Steam-Engine, &c.—2, 3, 5, Carriages for Passengers.—4, Private Carriage.—6, 7, Carriages for Cattle;” 8. “Railway Office, Liverpool;” 9. “Warehouses, &c. at the end of the Tunnel towards Wapping;” 10. “Moorish Arch, looking from the Tunnel;” 11. “Near Liverpool, looking towards Manchester;” 12. “Rainhill Bridge;” and 13. “Taking in Water, at Parkside. (The station where Mr. Huskifson fell.).”
“A later edition with the plates re-engraved [many of them with significant changes] was issued in 1833” (Tooley). “This book was first published with six plates in 1831. It proved popular, and other editions followed…This classic record of the beginnings of the railway age was also one of the last significant books illustrated with aquatints. Lithography was already sweeping the field for pictorial records of this kind” (Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England).
Thomas Bury (1811-1877), “a pupil of Augustus Pugin, was the artist responsible for the best-known views of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Published as hand-coloured aquatints in paper covers by Ackermann in February 1831 [titled Six Coloured Views of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, with a plate of the coaches, machines, &c], Bury’s work went through many editions covering a period of about three years. There were seven views in the first edition and thirteen in the second. A reissue appeared in 1832 followed by Spanish and French editions, while the prints were reproduced separately in France and Germany. After re-engraving, new editions appeared in England in 1833 and 1834…Ackermann clearly realized the potential of the British and European markets for railway prints as no other work passed through so many editions” (Rees).
Abbey, Life, 400 (1833 edition). Prideaux, p. 329. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England, 45 (1833 edition). Gareth Rees, Early Railway Prints, p. 21 and Plates 5-9 and 13. Tooley 121 (1831 edition).