London. Wm. Tweedie. 11- 1862.
Paper backed guide book approximately 7.5 x 5 inches, 112 pages, with a folding map titled "The Railways and Telegraphs of Great Britain" (19 x 13.75 inches when unfolded). Modest paper loss to the cover; some dog-eared pages, last page torn with 1/4 missing. Overall, the Guide is in very good clean condition, with page after page of train schedules and copious, wide-ranging advertising. On the cover of the pamphlet, in the context of an extended title, the scope of the Guide is detailed: it purports to show "at a glance how and when you can go from London to the different stations in Great Britain, and return; together with the fares, distances and populations...also a New Map of the Railways, Telegraphs etc. of Great Britain." Other features include an extensive listing entitled "A Stranger's Guide to the Principal Theatres" which describe current London offerings (e.g. Christy's Minstrels at St. James Hall, Boucicault's "The Colleen Bawn" at Drury Lane); also a List of Exhibitions (e.g. Dioramas at the Colosseum, Burford's Panorama at Leicester Square). Another section provides information on cab fares to and from various railway stations. The above listings are printed on the verso of a highly detailed map titled "The Railways and Telegraphs of Great Britain" --an elaborate and visually striking production (telegraph lines shadow the rail lines). The guide and map are in very good condition, with relatively modest condition issues noted. The information on London entertainments etc. provides an intriguing picture of great city life in the winter of 1862. Item #48787