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Bradshaw's Handbook

George Bradshaw


Shire Publications

British & Irish history;
Trains & railways: general interest;
Classic travel writing


512 pages

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Collector's item, landmark in the history of the tour guide, snapshot of Britain in the 1860s - Bradshaw's Handbook deserves a place on the bookshelf of any traveller, railway enthusiast, historian or anglophile. Produced as the British railway network was reaching its zenith, and as tourism by rail became a serious pastime for the better off, it was the first national tourist guide specifically organized around railway journeys, and to this day offers a glimpse through the carriage window at a Britain long past. This is a facsimile of the actual book - often referred to as 'Bradshaw's Guide' - that inspired the 'Great British Railway Journeys' television series, possibly the only surviving example of the 1863 edition.

By:   George Bradshaw
Imprint:   Shire Publications
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Facsimile edition
Dimensions:   Height: 175mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   538g
ISBN:   9781908402028
ISBN 10:   1908402024
Pages:   512
Publication Date:   December 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

George Bradshaw (1801-1853) was an English cartographer, printer and publisher. He is most famous for developing a series of railway timetables and guides. The books became synonymous with its publisher so that, for Victorians and Edwardians alike, a railway timetable was 'a Bradshaw'. After his death Punch magazine said of Bradshaw's labours: 'seldom has the gigantic intellect of man been employed upon a work of greater utility.'

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