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SCHLICK, Benjamin (1796--1872)
Rapport fait à l'Académie des beaux arts de l'Institut de France, par Benj. Schlick, architecte Danois ... sur le chemin souterrain, dit: tunnel, qui s'exécute en ce moment, sous la Tamise à Londres. Lu le 25 novembre Paris 1826.
[Paris]: imprimerie de Firmin Didot, [1826].
Engr. t.-pl., 12, [2] p., [3] engr. pl. (1 fold.) ; 28.6 cm. (4°)

Engraved title-plate. Printer's name from p. 12. The plates are embossed 'Benjn. Schlick'. The final leaf bears engraved text relating to pl. I. A tunnel beneath the Thames between Rotherhithe and Wapping was proposed in the early 1820s and Isambard Brunel (1769--1849) was appointed as chief engineer, beginning work in March 1825 using an innovative self-propelling shield. The project was beset with difficulties and tunnel was not completed until December 1841, finally opening as a pedestrian tunnel in March 1843.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting plates II and III. Plate I in the Soane copy printed on India-paper. Bound in a collection of pamphlets. A copy of a letter to Monsieur Schlick signed Quatremère de Quincy dated 9 April 1827 concerning le nouvel / hommage que vous venez de lui faire par votre / intéressant ouvrage sur le travail sous fluvial / de M. Brunel à Londres, possibly presented as a letter of introduction for a visit to Soane's museum, is preserved in the Soane archive. (Priv. Corr. XVI.H.25).

Binding C19th half dark green roan, blind double-rule borders, marbled paper boards, gilt double-rule spine gilt-lettered 'Martin's New Inventions &c. &c. &c.'. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 3s., 17 December 1830, 'Half roan, lettered'. (Archives 7/15/8).

Reference Number 5693


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