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LONDON PLANS. - Metropolitan Railway Commission. Minutes of Evidence Taken Before the Commissioners Appointed to Investigate the Various Projects for Establishing Railway Termini Within, or in the Immediate Vicinity of, the Metropolis. [and] Maps, Plans, and Sections of Metropolitan Railways and Termini ...

London HMSO 1846. Two parts foolscap, together in modern half calf; iv,369pp; 39 folding plates numbered to 28 with eleven bis, most quite large. Some misfolding, smudges and signs of use, pretty good. ¶ "If you took a sponge and sponged out the whole of the City, leaving St. Paul's standing in the midst, I think probably you would be able to have accommodation there for carrying on your traffic;" (Joseph Baxendale, carrier, speaking of the conglomeration of proposed stations). The 1846 commission was one those vital moments in shaping London - like the fire and the blitz but in reverse. Some may lament that some of the more extravagant, visionary schemes remain unbuilt but those who like central London now will be thankful to the commission. Railway mania was at its peak and, with London overcrowded, schemes for transforming the city with railways were queued out the door. Grand Central terminuses, floating piers, elevated atmospheric railways ... all were kept out of the city north of the river. To quote Julia Elton: "a fascinating and impressive work packed with information on some of the most visionary of the 19th-century railway schemes."
AUD 1250.00 [Appr.: EURO 833.25 US$ 981 | £UK 740.25 | JP¥ 110038] Book number 9355

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