A popular narrative of the origin, history, progress, and prospects of the great industrial exhibition, 1851

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James Gilbert, 1851 - 180 pages
Describes the history of the Great Exhibition including how it was set up and preceding exhibitions of manufactures, in particular the Exhibition of Manufactures, Birmingham 1849 and the Paris Exposition of 1849. Matthew Digby Wyatt's "A report of the eleventh French Exposition of the products of industry" is extensively quoted on p.33-56; the work of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Commission on the Exhibition of 1851 is highlighted; the names of many individuals involved in the planning are given and some are quoted; other subjects discussed include the exhibits, the building, prizes, the official catalogue and admission charges.

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Page 89 - THE EXHIBITION of 1851 is to give us a true test and a living picture of the point of development at which the whole of mankind has arrived in this great task, and a new starting point from which all nations will be able to direct their further exertions.
Page 88 - Nobody, however, who has paid any attention to the particular features of our present era, will doubt for a moment that we are living at a period of most wonderful transition, which tends rapidly to accomplish that great end to which indeed all history points the realization of the unity of mankind...
Page 88 - ... placed within the reach of everybody ; thought is communicated with the rapidity, and even by the power, of lightning.
Page 88 - The products of all quarters of the globe are placed at our disposal, and we have only to choose which is the best and the cheapest for our purposes, and the powers of production are intrusted to the stimulus of competition and capital.
Page 88 - ... we are living at a period of most wonderful' transition, which tends rapidly to accomplish that great end to which, indeed, all history points the realization of the unity of mankind. Not a unity which breaks down the limits and levels the peculiar characteristics of the different nations of the earth, but rather a unity, the result and product of those very national varieties and antagonistic qualities.
Page 88 - Whilst formerly the greatest mental energies strove at universal knowledge, and that knowledge was confined to the few, now they are directed on specialities, and in these, again, even to the minutest points...
Page 124 - There is no one circumstance in the history of the manufacturing enterprise of the English nation which places in so strong a light as this its boundless resources in materials, to say nothing of the arithmetical skill in computing at what cost, and in how short a time, those materials could be converted to a special purpose. What was done in those few days ? Two...
Page 89 - ... will produce upon the spectator will be that of deep thankfulness to the Almighty for the blessings which He has bestowed upon us already here below; and the second, the conviction that they can only be realized in proportion to the help which we are prepared to render each other; therefore, only by peace, love, and ready assistance, not only between individuals, but between the nations of the earth.
Page 88 - So man is approaching a more complete fulfilment of that great and sacred mission which he has to perform in this world. His reason being created after the image of God, he has to use it to discover the laws by which the Almighty governs his creation, and by making these laws his standard of action, to conquer nature to his use; himself a divine instrument.
Page 103 - There may be cases in which, on account of the condition of life of the successful competitor (as for instance, in the case of workmen) the grant of a sum of money may be the most appropriate reward of superior excellence ; and there may be other cases of a special and exceptional nature, in which, from a consideration of the expense incurred in the preparation or transmission of a particular article entitled to a prize, combined with a due regard to the condition and pecuniary circumstances of the...

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