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A Treatise on Astronomy.

BRUNEL Isambard Kingdom.; HERSCHEL Sir J.F.W. (1851.)

£550.00 

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Engraved title page and 3 engraved plates, illustrations to the text. New edition, original brown ripple-grained cloth. London, Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans.

From the library of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, with his signature 'I.K.Brunel' to the front free endpaper, and his bookplate 'Mr. Brunel. 18, Duke Street, Westminster' to the front pastedown. Brunel had his offices at this address, and in 1836 when he married, moved into the floors above. His near contemporary and fellow railway engineer Daniel Gooch wrote of Brunel: 'By his death the greatest of England's engineers was lost, the man with the greatest originality of thought and power of execution, bold in his plans, but right. The commercial world thought him extravagant; but although he was so, great things are not done by those who sit down and count the cost of every thought and act'. In his short life, 1806-1859, Brunel built twenty five railway lines, over a hundred bridges, including five suspension bridges, eight pier and dock systems, three ships and a pre-fabricated army field hospital.

One pencilled correction on page one, covers rubbed and worn, corners bumped.

Stock Code: 221578