Wyld's London to Birmingham Railroad Guide
1838 first edition, with two maps.
First edition, hardback bound in the original cloth with super gilt locomotive and driver with titling to upper board.15 × 9.5cm, xiii [ii] 179pp + 4pp ads.
Full title: The London and Birmingham Railway Guide, and Birmingham and London Railway Companion: Containing A Minute Description of the Railroad, and every Object worthy of Notice; An Antiquarian and Topographical Account of the Towns, Villages, Noblemen and Gentlemen's Seats, within Ten Miles of the Railroad.
James Wyld was a geographer and map-seller, and here he writes a guide book following the route of the London to Birmingham railway. He begins with a preliminary account of the railway and its cost before the main body of the book concentrates on the sights, geography and history of the places the railway passes through and near. The book is illustrated with two maps, first a map of the entire route, and secondly 'places worthy of notice in London'.
An attractive copy but with some faults. The gilt design to the front is clear and crisp, but the cloth is frayed to the joints at the base of the spine. Both front and rear hinges are cracked open and are nearly detached from the text block. The maps are in good order but the main map has tow small tears where bound in (about 2–3cms), the London map has one small tear where bound in. The main body of the book has secure binding and the pages are clean with a little tanning to the pages around the maps.
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