** Rare ** Life of Charles Blacker Vignoles Soldier and Civil Engineer 1st 1889


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Author: Olinthus J. VignolesTitle: Life of Charles Blacker Vignoles Soldier and Civil Engineer A Reminiscence of Early Railway HistoryPublication:  First Edition 1st Impression Published By Longman,Green,And Co London 1889………………………………………………(See Pictures) Condition Of Book: This is a Very Good Copy of this book in brown coloured cloth with gilt title lettering to spine.The book has one previous owner’s bookplate to the front pastedown (Andrew Pears Isleworth) Still maintauins original dark brown endpapers,half title and with engraved frontispiece of Charles Vignoles.There is some scattered foxing to the endpapers and internal text block.Illustrated with 21 illustrations.Comprehensive work with some 24 Chapters + Index. Charles Blacker Vignoles was a wonderful engineer who died at the age of 83 and lived a long and productive life.Although he won his fame mainly as an engineer his services to science and the Early Railways Industry were of real value also.Mr Vignoles was descended from an ancient French family.After visiting America in around 1822, he returned to England and threw himself enthusiastically into the engineering profession. The railway movement was just then gathering strength, and Vignoles was associated with some of the earliest efforts to establish tracks and lines in this country and worked a lot with Scottish Engineer John Rennie and was employed by him to make surveys for a line from Nine Elms, Vauxhall, Dorking and Shoreham, to Brighton; etc etc.One of his great achivements was the magnificent suspension bridge over the Dnieper at Kieff commenced in 1848 and finished in 1853 at a huge cost in those days of 434,000.Uncommon title 8vo (xx) 407pp First Edition [1889] Plus 24 pages of publisher ads at rear of the book 

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