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STEVENSON, RobertTo His Grace the Duke of Atholl, the Right Honourable the Earl of Strathmore, the Honourable W.R.Maule, M.P., James Wemyss, Esq. Younger of Wemyss, M.P. and the other noblemen, gentlemen and magistrates...A memorial regarding the propriety of opening the great valleys of Strathmore and Strathearn, by means of a railway or canal.
Edinburgh, 1st July 1820. 2nd issue.
Plans to connect Perth at the head of the Tay Navigation with towns both east and west by canal through the Strathmore and Strathearn valleys had been discussed since the middle of the 18th century and indeed Stevenson himself had reported on a Strathmore canal in 1817. Here he shows why the country would be suitable either for canal or railway, before coming down in favour of horse-drawn edge railways, describing the advantage of such a system over both canals and roads. A fine and rare report.
CollationVery small folio. 13 + (1)pp, folding, engraved map, hand coloured. Orig. blue printed wrappers. Presentation inscription from Robert Stevenson on lower wrapper. Lower margins dampstained, lower margin of map defective, with slight loss. Skempton No.1444.
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