Bradshaw's Railway Companion, containing times of departure, fares , &c. of the railways in England, and also hackney coach fares from the principal railway stations illustrated with maps of the country through which the railways pass, and of plans of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. Published by Bradshaw Manchester, 1840. Small 8vo (12 x 8 cm), [56] pp, 8 maps including one folding glazed map of London, some partially hand- colored, 4 double-page city plans, engraved folding plate of railway lines; publisher's green cloth, upper cover with title in gilt on gilt label; very slightly rubbed; else an excellent copy. the first printing of the rare one shilling guide. George Bradshaw, (1801 1853), whose name was to become synonymous with railway timetables, published his first guide in 1830 with the opening of the Liverpool-Manchester Line and his first timetable in 1839. He was originally a cartographer and printer but in the 1830s with the start of railway travel he developed the now famous timetables and guides. He was also a religious man and it is his belief as a Quaker that is quoted as causing the early editions of Bradshaw's guides to have avoided using the names of months based upon Roman deities which was seen as "pagan" usage. His publications are seen as the standard manual for rail travel right up until the last issue in May 1961. This is the second year of this railway guide and the price was raised from six pence to one shilling. However in 1841 the price was lowered to six pence so this is the first printing of the rare one shilling guide. The very earliest issues including this one were published before the limited introduction of standardized railway time in November 1840. The accompanying map of the few lines in operation ( and some "in progress") in England and Wales is recognized as the first national railway map in the world. George Bradshaw was well known for his scrupulous attention to detail and ability to convey important information succinctly. In 1865 Punch praised the Bradshaw's Guide "seldom has the giant intellect of a man employed upon a work of greater utility". Please ask specific questions on details, condition, and shipping prior to bidding, ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS, and the bidder will be responsible for payment. We box and ship what we can to keep costs low, and use USPS and UPS. Large items, extremely fragile, and high value items will be packed by UPS. Quotes available on request

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