Victorian Engineering (SALE)

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First published in 1970, this is a welcome return for Tom Rolt’s look at the development of British engineering prowess during Victoria’s reign. His account isn’t chronological, rather being based round individual industries, and the larger part covers events up to the Great Exhibition of 1851 which he regards as the High Noon of the subject, as developments continued steadily after that date, the initial feeling of confidence gradually faded. I’m not sure I agree, but there is no denying this book is a tremendous, entertaining and enlightening read. 244 text pages. 23 B&W illustrations. Larger format paperback.