Tom Rolt's history of British waterways
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14.5cm, 188pp.
Tom Rolt's love for, and knowledge of the waterways of Great Britain were unparralled. Most important, he brought the eye of a trained engineer to bear on the canals and waterworks which were the brainchildren of the first civil engineers. This book is the fascinating story of Britain's waterways, starting with the first tentative attempts at river development and progressing with a detailed account of the great age of canal-building, and the integral part of such men as Brindley and Telford played, as—with the Industrial Revolution—the efficient transport of heavy goods became a necessity. Finally, he charts the decline of the waterways as the railroads took hold, and the re-awakening of interest as the new leisure traffic discovered the old river and canal routes in the twentieth century.
This copy is in very good condition, with a hint of fading to the spine.