1850s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF VETERINARY, ENGINEERING AND COOKERY RECIPES, REMEDIES, CURES AND CHEMISTRY HANDWRITTEN BY A WORLD RENOWNED RAILROAD ENGINEER, BRIDGE BUILDER AND ONE TIME TYCOON

EDWARD LADD BETTS

Publication Date: 1855
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On offer is an original diverse manuscript relic of animal care, civil engineering and large scale catering, circa 1850s, once owned and we believe handwritten by one time engineer and railroad tycoon Edward Ladd Betts. Best known as a railway engineer, he was responsible for building bridges, lighthouses and partook in railroad building ventures throughout the world. There is a 22 page section of veterinary recipes, remedies and cures mostly for horses but also most domesticated animals and even for bees. Related to animal care are recipes for practical items like cleaning harnesses. Recipes include: Cure of Gapes in Poultry, Feed for Bees, Roaring, Ball to clean those when taken off the grass, Mud Fever or Grease, Yew Poisoning, Cold in Horse's head ++. It is a very eclectic source of knowledge. There are also ephemeral items including chemists receipts, newspaper cuttings etc. Another 10 page section of the book contains such diverse recipes as cooking certain items for groups of 200 or 500 etc. There are two pages on how "to make tar roads", 2 pages on "estimated income for a village gas works" plus "varnish for iron railings". In later years (1890s) someone else used the book for other purposes, mainly to record church, parish and choir events. The book has an original bookplate of Edward Ladd Betts is pasted inside the front board. Hardback notebook measuring 183mm by 120mm. Leather spine and corners. Attractive gilded endpapers matching boards. Gilt to all page edges. Slight weakness to binding but no loose or torn pages. Overall G+. BIO NOTES: Wikipedia: Edward Ladd Betts (5 June 1815 - 21 January 1872) was an English civil engineering contractor who was mainly involved in the building of railways. Edward Betts was born at Buckland, near Dover, son of William Betts (1790-1867), a successful contractor's agent and railway contractor. He was apprenticed to a builder at Lincoln. However, becoming more interested in engineering, he then worked as agent for Hugh McIntosh building the Black Rock lighthouse at Beaumaris, Anglesey. Railway contractor Edward Betts's first railway undertaking was to supervise the building of the Dutton Viaduct on the Grand Junction Railway for Hugh McIntosh under George Stephenson as engineer. After the death of McIntosh in 1840, William Betts & Sons - the family firm now named for Edward and his father - gained contracts on the South Eastern Railway for stretches that included the Marsden-Ashford line, Maidstone Branch, and the Saltwood tunnel. They also obtained large contracts on behalf of David McIntosh for the Midlands County Railway, whereby the Betts family relocated to Leicester, and for the Manchester-Birmingham Railway. After that, Edward Betts continued to gain contracts, especially in the Chester area. In 1843, Betts married the sister of another railway contractor, Samuel Morton Peto. Upon his father's retirement at Bevois Mount, Southampton in 1845, he assumed full responsibility for the Betts company business. Peto's partnership with Thomas Grissell was dissolved in 1846, and Betts worked with Peto on parts of the Great Northern Railway. In 1848, the pair established a formal partnership and together they were to work on a large number of railway contracts, frequently also working in partnership with Thomas Brassey. Possibly the greatest enterprise of this trio was the building of the Grand Trunk Railway in Canada. Betts undertook the actual management of the venture which included the Victoria bridge across the Saint Lawrence River at Montreal. Other railways were built by Peto and Betts in Denmark, Russia, Algeria, South America and Australia. The Grand Crimean Central RailwayPeto, Betts and Brassey built at great speed the Grand Crimean Central Railway which enabled supplies, particularly heavy ammunition, to be transported from Balaclava to the British troops engaged in the siege of Sevastopol in the Crimean War. Betts in particular was responsible for obtaining the enormous a. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: 1850s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BOOK OF VETERINARY...
Publication Date: 1855
Book Condition: Good+

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