Book reviews - April 2001
'Early Railways', edited by Andy Guy and Jim Rees
ISBN 0-904685-08-X. 368 pages, hardback. Published January 2001 by the Newcomen Society, price £29.95 (plus p&p £4.85 UK, £9.70 overseas). Available by post from the Executive Secretary, Newcomen Society, Science Museum, London SW7 2DD
Twenty two papers from the 1998 First International Early Railways Conference, examining aspects of the railway from 600BC to 1840AD. These studies render much of the accepted early history of the modern railway obsolete, reaffirming its origins in the classical world and revealing a more complex, fascinating and inspiring story behind the pioneers of steam locomotion and mechanisation.
'R R Angerstein's Illustrated Travel Diary, 1753-1755: industry in England and Wales from a Swedish perspective', translated by Torsten and Peter Berg
ISBN 1 900747 24 3. 432 pages, hardback. Published in June 2001 by the Science Museum, price £34.95
Angerstein was an 18th-century industrial spy who travelled widely in Europe, supported by the Swedish government. The diary of his trip to Britain is remarkable and, now in accessible form, will be of great significance to industrial historians.
'Stone Quarry Landscapes: the IA of quarrying', by Peter Stanier
ISBN: 0752417517. 176 pages, paperback. Published by Tempus Publishing, January 2001. £14.99 post free from Tempus Publishing Ltd, The Mill, Brimscombe Port, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 2QG. Tel: 01453 883300. Fax: 01453 883233
An archaeology of quarrying from ancient times to the modern day.
'Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain: volume 2, Scotland, Northumbria, Co. Durham and Cumbria', by George Watkins
Published by Landmark Publishing, 12 Compton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1DA. Tel: 01335 347349. Fax: 01335 347303. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.landmarkpublishing.co.uk
The second volume of the magnificent black and white photographs of the late George Watkins. The first volume was reviewed in December.
'Benjamin Outram, 1764-1805', by R B Schofield
ISBN: 1898937427. Published by Merton Priory Press, October 2000. £27 including p&p from 67 Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1DD
Outram, one of the most remarkable civil engineers of the early industrial revolution, was responsible for several canal systems. He also developed an improved system of horse-drawn railways and established a coal and iron company at Butterley which, as Butterley Engineering, continues in business on its original site.
'The Victorian Engineer', by Adrian Jarvis
ISBN: 0747804710. Shire Publications, Shire Album 353, £3.50. 32 pages, paperback
Investigates the roles of the great engineers and how they related to their subordinates.
'The Victorian Railway Worker', by Trevor May
ISBN: 0747804516. Shire Publications, Shire Album 351, £3.50. 32 pages, paperback
Studies both the people who ran the railways and those who built them.
© GLIAS, 2001