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World Railways of the Nineteenth Century: A Pictorial History in Victorian Engravings

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With its gallery of over 360 striking and unfamiliar images and extensive historical text World Railways of the Nineteenth Century invites readers to experience an unparalleled glimpse into the world of nineteenth-century railroading.Peter Skinner, Foreword

Book News Annotation:

Johns Hopkins U. Press takes a large lead among the scholarly publishers of railroadiana with this large-format (10x13<">) collection of expertly reproduced engravings. Harter gives most attention to the railroads of the U.S. and Britain but includes Europe, Russia, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The rapidly developing technology is the subject of most of the 360 pages of plates (many with two or more engravings). After 245 pages on the world's rails are chapters on stations, freight service, signaling, construction, maintenance of way, cog & rack, hazards & accidents, horse cars and steam powered street railways, electric and other traction systems, and monorails. While this is predominantly an illustrated book, each section opens with a concise background text. The book itself is as fine as the content: handsome book cloth, pasted illustration on the cover, Smythe sewn binding of fine, heavy paper. This work will be in wide demand for decades to come.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Johns Hopkins U. Press takes a large lead among the scholarly publishers of railroadiana with this large-format (10x13<">) collection of expertly reproduced engravings. Harter gives most attention to the railroads of the U.S. and Britain but includes Europe, Russia, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The rapidly developing technology is the subject of most of the 360 pages of plates (many with two or more engravings). After 245 pages on the world's rails are chapters on stations, freight service, signaling, construction, maintenance of way, cog & rack, hazards & accidents, horse cars and steam powered street railways, electric and other traction systems, and monorails. While this is predominantly an illustrated book, each section opens with a concise background text. The book itself is as fine as the content: handsome book cloth, pasted illustration on the cover, Smythe sewn binding of fine, heavy paper. This work will be in wide demand for decades to come. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

World Railways of the Nineteenth Century invites readers to experience an unparalleled glimpse into the world of nineteenth-century railroading. To complement the extensive text drawn from primary sources as well as popular and scholarly railway literature of the period, Jim Harter has carefully selected more than 360 plates of rare wood engravings from 91 different publications — predominantly American, British, French, and German, and including such periodicals as Railroad Gazette, Street Railway Journal, Harper's Weekly, Illustrated London News, Engineering, The Engineer, and l'Illustration.

Beginning with Great Britain and America, this volume continues on to explore railway history in Continental Europe, the Russian Empire, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Technical topics cover the development of steam locomotion; gauge controversies; passenger and freight service; military railways; mass transit systems; street railways; cable, compressed air, and electrical traction; and train wrecks.

With its gallery of striking and unfamiliar images coupled with historical text, this volume will delight railroad enthusiasts, historians, world travelers, and students of Victorian technical achievement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801880896
Subtitle:
A Pictorial History in Victorian Engravings
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Author:
Harter, Jim
Subject:
History
Subject:
Railroads
Subject:
Railroads - General
Subject:
Railroads - History
Subject:
Railroads - Pictorial
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
550
Dimensions:
13.16x9.88x2.03 in. 7.27 lbs.

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World Railways of the Nineteenth Century: A Pictorial History in Victorian Engravings
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Product details 550 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801880896 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , World Railways of the Nineteenth Century invites readers to experience an unparalleled glimpse into the world of nineteenth-century railroading. To complement the extensive text drawn from primary sources as well as popular and scholarly railway literature of the period, Jim Harter has carefully selected more than 360 plates of rare wood engravings from 91 different publications — predominantly American, British, French, and German, and including such periodicals as Railroad Gazette, Street Railway Journal, Harper's Weekly, Illustrated London News, Engineering, The Engineer, and l'Illustration.

Beginning with Great Britain and America, this volume continues on to explore railway history in Continental Europe, the Russian Empire, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Technical topics cover the development of steam locomotion; gauge controversies; passenger and freight service; military railways; mass transit systems; street railways; cable, compressed air, and electrical traction; and train wrecks.

With its gallery of striking and unfamiliar images coupled with historical text, this volume will delight railroad enthusiasts, historians, world travelers, and students of Victorian technical achievement.

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