[Timothy Hackworth, locomotive pioneer.] Corrected manuscript and typescript of Robert Young's biography of his father-in-law: 'Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive', with typescripts of two lectures by Young and a copy of the book.

Timothy Hackworth (1786-1850) of Shildon, County Durham, locomotive pioneer; his son-in-law Robert Young (1860-1932)

Editorial: The book published by The Locomotive Publishing Company Ltd. 3 Amen Corner Paternoster Row London EC4 Manuscript and typescripts undated c.1920s, 1923
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Timothy Hackworth is, as his entry in the Oxford DNB states, 'one of the great pioneers of the steam locomotive'. It was the view of the eminent railway engineer D. K. Clark, writing in 1855, that no single individual had, up to the year 1830, done so much for the improvement of the locomotive. Robert Young's biography of his father-in-law (he married Hackworth's youngest daughter Jane) is a solid and well researched book of permanent interest, intelligently-written and drawing on personal information. This collection of manuscript and typescript material allows us to trace the genesis of the work, and provides some material not present in the published version. The copy of the book present here is xxxii + 406 pp., 8vo, with numerous illustrations and tables. In good condition, lightly-aged, in original worn and sunned grey cloth binding. The manuscript - presumably the latest draft, ready for typing up - is arranged in twenty chapters, corresponding to those of the book, but lacks B, C, D, K and M of the books' fourteen appendices (A to N). Each of the chapters is separately paginated, totalling 474pp., 8vo, but there are some interpolated leaves and rearrangements; with the appendices adding a further 28pp. It is on aged and worn paper, with staining from the rusty paperclips attaching the various chapters. There are occasional emendations and deletions (for example the removal of the opening paragraph of chapter 7, relating to Stephenson), and these reflect the careful and well-researched nature of the work. Occasional cuttings of printed passages are laid down for direct quotation. The accompanying typescript, in similar condition to the manuscript, is lightly-corrected and presumably of an earlier draft, as it is complete in 19 rather than the published 20 chapters. It is in 4to, with the text paginated to 424 (but again with several interpolated leaves), with prelims (including preface) adding 14pp, and appendices (lacking N) a further 32pp. Also present are fourteen assorted 8vo pages from a different typescript, one (the beginning of chapter 5) having a long autograph section inserted; together with four leaves in autograph (including two listing 'Illustrations'. A typed note to Young from the publishers ('Will you please set up the attached for a page in the above book.'), dated 14 August 1922 and on the letterhead of the Locomotive Publishing Company Ltd (1p., 4to) is also present, in poor condition. The collection also includes the typescript, with carbon copy, of an undated talk (to 'the members of this Society') - unattributed but by Young - titled 'Timothy Hackworth and The Locomotive' (23pp., 4to), with numerous autograph emendations and four 12mo pages of autograph notes tagged on; together with the typescript of another undated talk (to 'this Society'), titled in pencil by Young 'The Locomotive, 1811 to 1828' (44pp., 4to). Also present is a copy of a 1970s colour pamphlet entitled 'Timothy Hackworth Museum', 8pp., 12mo, in stapled card wraps. N° de ref. de la librería

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Título: [Timothy Hackworth, locomotive pioneer.] ...
Editorial: The book published by The Locomotive Publishing Company Ltd. 3 Amen Corner Paternoster Row London EC4 Manuscript and typescripts undated c.1920s
Año de publicación: 1923

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