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Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world desires.

MASON, Sheila (ed.):

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ISBN 10: 0300143583 / ISBN 13: 9780300143584
Editorial: New Haven & London: Birmingham City Council in association with Yale University Press, 2009., 2009
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Frontispiece, xiv, 258 pp; 88 + 404 illus. Original cloth, 4to. Near Fine, in near fine dust jacket. 'Matthew Boulton (1728–1809) is arguably the individual with the greatest historic significance associated with Birmingham, a city renowned for nurturing innovation, aspiration, and industry. His Soho Manufactory became a must-see stop on the itinerary of well-heeled early industrial tourists, who were fascinated by the sight and noises of its machines and the hundreds of employees at work. His notebooks show that Boulton was also insatiably curious, and his interests ranged exuberantly over astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, electricity, medicine, the fine arts, classics, music, and the new fashion of landscape gardening. Inspired by books and by visits to other gardens, he introduced new plants and constructed water features, garden buildings, and walks. His tea-room, menagerie, and aviary were enjoyed by the many visitors to his Manufactory. After the death of Boulton and his son, Joseph Chamberlain attempted to turn Soho's gardens into a public park, but the idea was rejected in favor of building leases, and bit by bit the landscaped park was replaced, first with up-market villas and later with terraced housing, a railway coal yard, workshops, and other premises, as Birmingham's industrial heartland spread ever outwards. In the 1990s Soho House and the remaining small garden were restored and developed as museum. This engaging history of the Soho house includes a number of drawings and watercolors made by John Phillip in the 1790s are included, the only surviving contemporary visual evidence for how the garden once looked.'. N° de ref. de la librería 22926

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Título: Matthew Boulton: Selling what all the world ...

Editorial: New Haven & London: Birmingham City Council in association with Yale University Press, 2009.

Año de publicación: 2009

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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Matthew Boulton was an 18th-century designer, inventor, and industrialist, a consummate businessman, and co-founder of the influential Lunar Society. Now, on the bicentenary of his death, this book surveys his life and extraordinarily varied achievements.

 

The book explains how Boulton, a Birmingham toy’-maker producing buttons, buckles, and silverware, went into business with James Watt and exported Boulton & Watt steam engines all over the world. Meanwhile his magnificent ormolu ornaments decorated aristocratic drawing rooms, and his determination to discourage counterfeiters led to a contract to manufacture British coinage and coins of other countries at his mint.  Boulton was leader of the campaign to establish the Birmingham Assay Office (still the busiest in the country), and also at the heart of the Lunar Society, a group of prominent industrialists, natural philosophers, and intellectuals interested in scientific and social change. Known to Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood, and many others, Boulton was a fascinating man, Britain’s  leading Enlightenment entrepreneur.

About the Author:

Shena Mason is an independent researcher and writer.

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