Best Anthony Burton books

Cotswold Way (National Trail Guides)

Anthony Burton

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Following the limestone escarpment on the Western edge of the Cotswolds, the 102 miles of the Cotswold Way take the walker through a quintessentially English landscape as varied as it is beautiful. Starting and finishing among the golden Cotswold stone of Chipping Camden and Bath, and affording stunning prospects of the Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean and even the Black Mountains in Wales, it winds through rolling farmland, magnificent beech woodlands, and up over the austerely beautiful Cleeve Hill with its panoramic views out over Cheltenham and far beyond. With a wealth of historic interest, from Neolithic burial mounds to Roman villas and country houses, this is genuinely a walk through the heart of England.

Hadrian's Wall Path (National Trail Guides)

Anthony Burton

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Since it opened in 2003 Hadrian' s Wall Path has become one of Britain' s most popular long-distance paths. Its 84 miles are a convenient week' s walking, shadowing for the most part the historic line of Hadrian' s Wall in its spectacular progress across the superbly wild landscape of the north of England. Starting in what used to be Tyneside' s shipbuilding heart, and joining Newcastle in the east with Carlisle in the west, it takes you via the extraordinary Roman forts of Vindolanda and Housesteads, close to handsome towns like Hexham and Corbridge, to finish on the lonely shores of the Solway Firth with views of Scotland. This is the official guide to this superb National Trail, published in conjunction with Natural England which administers the path and waymarks it with its familiar acorn signs. Comprehensive and engrossing, it is the only companion you need.

The Locomotive Pioneers: Early Steam Locomotive Development 1801 - 1851

Anthony Burton

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This fascinating book explores the development of locomotives over the course of fifty years. From Richard Trevithick's first experimental road engine of 1801 up to the Great Exhibition some fifty years later, locomotives have come far in reimagining and reinventing themselves to serve the people and British industry.

The early years showed slow development amongst locomotives: Trevithick's first railway locomotives failed significantly as the engine broke the brittle cast-iron rails. The story is continued through the years when locomotives were developed to serve collieries, a period that lasted for a quarter of a century, and saw many different engineers trying out their ideas; from the rack and pinion railway developed by Blenkinsop and Murray, to George Stephenson's engines for the Stockton & Darlington Railway. The most significant change came with Robert Stephenson's innovative Rocket, the locomotive that set the formula for future developments.

British engineers dominated the early years, although in France Marc Seguin developed a multi-tubular boiler at the same time as Stephenson. The next period was marked by the steady spread of railways in Europe and across the Atlantic. Timothy Hackworth of the Stockton & Darlington railway supplied locomotives to Russia, and his men had an exciting ride to deliver parts by sleigh across the snowy steppes, pursued by wolves. In America, the first locomotives were delivered from England, but the Americans soon developed their own methods and styles, culminating in the Baldwin engines, a type that has become familiar to us from hundreds of Western films.

This is more than just a book about the development of a vital technology, it is also the story of the men who made it possible, from the steadily reliable team of William Buddicom and Alexander Allan, who developed their locomotives at Crewe, to the flamboyant Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose broad gauge was served by the magnificent engines of Daniel Gooch.

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Richard Trevithick: Giant of Steam

Anthony Burton

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Two hundred years ago, Richard Trevithick invented the "Cornish engine," the world's first self-propelled steam vehicle. Yet fame and fortune obstinately eluded this great engineer whose reckless, headstrong nature often made him his own worst enemy. Despite dying in poverty and relative obscurity, he is now recognized as one of the most remarkable figures of the Industrial Revolution, and his extraordinary career, which took him from his native Cornwall to London and then on to 17 years of adventuring in South America, makes for wonderfully lively reading in this biography.

Traction Engines

Anthony Burton

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This interesting and informative 144 page book gives a detailed history of traction engines, the giants of the steam age, through both text and over 100 photos, color and black and white. From the inside front flap: "In its glory days, the traction engine was an impressive machine. Powerful and versatile, its potential seemed endless and it was adapted to many task, from ploughing fields to lighting fairgrounds. It is doubtful that we shall ever see machines that combine such beautiful simplicity, elegant decoration and massive strength again. This book celebrates these giants of a bygone age, offering an in-depth and lively study of the development of the traction engine and an exploration of the political, commercial and technological context in which it evolved."

The Orient Express: The History of the Orient Express Service from 1883 to 1950

Anthony Burton

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This volume seeks to capture the essence of the era of grand train travel. It traces the story of the trains themselves, their construction and interior detailing and describes the famous passengers, royalty and political figures that travelled on them.

The Orient Express: The History of the World's Most Luxurious Train 1883–Present Day

Anthony Burton

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The Orient Express is a name synonymous with luxury train travel in Europe. In 1883, the first train with its gleaming livery and leather-embossed chairs in mahogany-panelled compartments caused a sensation. But by the 1950s and 1960s, the service was becoming ever shorter and European rail travel less stylish. However, in its prime, the Orient Express provided a much needed, stylish service that managed to cross borders and overcome national interests and rivalries.

The Orient Express traces the history of the service, from its glamorous beginnings, its popularity with European royalty and heads of state, to its demise in the age of postwar austerity, the Cold War and cheaper air travel.

Illustrated with outstanding black-and-white photographs, many of them seldom seen,
The Orient Express offers an intriguing portrait of the birth, heyday and decline of luxury train travel throughout Europe.
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The Orient Express: The History of the World's Most Luxurious Train 1883–Present Day (Golden Age of Travel)

Anthony Burton

Best price for this book: $ 15.97

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The Orient Express is a name synonymous with luxury train travel in Europe. In 1883, the first train with its gleaming livery and leather-embossed chairs in mahogany-panelled compartments caused a sensation. But by the 1950s and 1960s, the service was becoming ever shorter and European rail travel less stylish. However, in its prime, the Orient Express provided a much needed, stylish service that managed to cross borders and overcome national interests and rivalries.

The Orient Express traces the history of the service, from its glamorous beginnings, its popularity with European royalty and heads of state, to its demise in the age of postwar austerity, the Cold War and cheaper air travel.

Illustrated with outstanding black-and-white photographs, many of them seldom seen,
The Orient Express offers an intriguing portrait of the birth, heyday and decline of luxury train travel throughout Europe.
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Genetics: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)

Burton Guttman

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This is a new introduction for readers who wish to know more about the science that is changing our world.

Crafted in Britain: The Survival of Britain's Traditional Industries

Anthony Burton

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Crafted in Britain is a celebration of Britain's traditional crafts and industries that have survived into the modern world, not as museums but on their merits. In an age of increasing automation and standardization, it is a joy to find such places, where craftsmanship and personal skills are still valued.

Their world is recreated in Rob Scott's dramatic photographs, while the processes and history of the different industries is described in the accompanying text by Anthony Burton. They have traveled the country from the Spey valley in Scotland, where they recorded the workers in a traditional distillery and a cooperage, to Cornwall and the studio of a specialist pub sign painter. They have gone underground with a Free Miner of the Forest of Dean and seen molten metal being poured to create majestic church bells.

The book delights in the variety and individuality of the different industries. For both author and photographer it has been a revelation to see some of these processes at work: to watch a craftsman take a strip of silver and work it by hand into a spoon, or to find clocks being made in a workshop that looks as if it has scarcely changed for a hundred years. Now readers have the opportunity to share these experiences and delight in the discovery of these magnificent survivors.