Rare Hand-book for the New Royal Exchange issued for visitors to the Great Exhibition Interest (1851).
WILSON, Effingham. (1785 – 1868). Wilson’s Description of the New Royal Exchange, Including An Historical Notice of the Former Edifices and a Brief Memoir of Sir Thomas Gresham, Knt. Illustrations/plates (Lacking plate(s) of Lloyds Honorary Medal, occasional light spotting/foxing, light soiling). London: Effingham Wilson, [c. 1851]
Publisher’s green/olive wrappers, announcing that this book has been :’
“Issued For The Special Use of The Visitors to the Great Exhibition of All Nations 1851”
(Spine chipped with loss, rear tail join split, price at bottom under publication place has been erased, some chipping/tearing). Please see photos. RARE.
Royal Exchange and The Great ExhibitionConnection:
The third and current Royal Exchange replaced an earlier building that had been destroyed by fire in 1838. According to Joseph Stubenrauch in his book The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity in Industrial Britain, (2016) connections were being created between the Exchange and The Great Exhibition, he comments: “The Royal Exchange’s fusing of commerce and Christianity served as an early model for imagining the function of the Crystal Palace”.
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