An act for building a bridge cross the River Thames, from Black-Friars in the City of London, to the opposite side in the County of Surrey.
(No imprint, but London, 1756).
Folio. 20pp, with additional blank leaf at front and a similar leaf at the end, blank except for the Act’s printed docket title. Sewn as issued. A good, fresh copy, with old fold marks as originally filed. No ownership inscription, but from the estate of Cyril Kenney FSA FRICS, chartered surveyor and book collector.
Although the construction of Blackfriars Bridge, to widely praised designs by the young architect Robert Mylne, did not commence until 1760, the Act of Parliament conferring authority on the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Common Council of the City of London to commission designs and build the new bridge had been passed by Parliament as early as the summer of 1756. The present item is a copy of the very rare original printing of the Act, of which, surprisingly, no copy seems to be held by the British Library and no copy has been reported to ESTC.