Auction Date: 26/11/2014 at 01pm
The Great Exhibition 1851 – The London Conductor, being a guide for visitors to the great industrial exhibition...third edition 1851. Illustrated blue paper wrappers showing an image of St Paul’s Cathedral, a little soiled and worn, some interior pages a little browned, but appears complete with approx 29 steel engraved views of London landmarks, including a fine folding view of the Crystal Palace. 8vo 96pp plus wrappers. Rare. A comprehensive guide for travellers to London for the Great Exhibition, with considerable information on how to get about London, with guided tours and descriptions of various landmarks in the Capital, including the Thames Tunnel: ‘...this splendid arcade stretches beneath the bed of the River Thames ...Sir Isambard K Brunel was the designer of the stupendous undertaking which consists of a pile of brickwork 37 by 22 feet square, beneath the super incumbent waters of the Thames...’ Other places on the itinerary include ‘Madame Tussaud’s Bazaar’ ‘Bethlehem Hospital (ie the infamous ‘Bedlam’), with advice as to how to get a tour of the insane inmates including ‘Oxford, for shotting at the Queen on constitution Hill and though there is now no doubt whatever of his perfect sanity, he still remains here...’ The illustrations include Wyld’s Globe House in Leicester Square – home of his famous panorama – a view of the Thames Tunnel and a view of Vauxhall Gardens. An appendix also lists the current cab fares for journeys throughout London – with an introduction to this third edition pointing out that the new edition was necessary because of an increase in omnibus fares (no doubt because of the Exhibition). A rare and remarkable picture of what London was like at one of the most famous periods of its history.