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The Opening of the Liverpool-Manchester Railway

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The Opening of the Liverpool-Manchester Railway

Date of publication:

  • 1830
  • Place of publication:


  • modern quarter calf
  • Publisher:

  • JF Cannell
  • An Accurate Description of The Liverpool and Manchester Rail-Way, the tunnel, the bridges, and other works throughout the line; with a sketch objects which it presents interesting to the traveller or tourist.

    The book is dedicated to George Stephenson, who designed and built the railway, with a preface dated September 13 1830 (two days before the line opened). Two later editions in 1830-1831 contained accounts of the opening, and the unfortunate demise of  William Huskisson. Read more

    The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the world’s first inter-city railway; Huskisson, statesman and MP for Liverpool, was killed at the  official opening, becoming the world’s first widely reported passenger fatality.

    Condition & Materials

    First edition, 8vo. pp. 46 + b/w lithographed folding map, with a section of the line below and a view of the Sankey Viaduct above, bound in modern quarter calf, spine sunned, original (slightly dusty) wrappers bound in, rear end-paper (blank) torn at foot. Read less