Bradshaw’s Handbook or to give it its full title “Bradshaw’s Descriptive Railway Handbook of Great Britain & Ireland” - the book that inspired the TV series Great British Railway Journeys, reproduced in a faithful facsimile edition.
Produced as the British railway network was reaching its zenith and tourism by rail became a serious pastime, Bradshaw’s Handbook was a landmark in the history of the tour guide as well as a snapshot of Britain in the mid-Victorian period. Originally published in four parts, describing the sights to be seen in towns and cities along selected railway journeys in each region, the guide was gathered into a single book for the 1863 edition. It was the first national tourist guide specifically organized around railway journeys, and to us today it offers a fascinating glimpse through the carriage window at 1860s’ Britain.
The book has been reproduced by the Old House Books in two editions: the standard edition (this title) and a special collector’s edition, leather bound and printed on higher quality paper with much sharper reproduction of the original print.
The perfect gift for anyone feeling a bit nostalgic.
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