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|The London & Birmingham Railway
(Drake's Road Book, 1839)
FIRST PUB.: 1839
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First published in 1839
112 pages, with 7 illustrations.
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PUBLISHERS PREFACE, 1839:
What has led the Publisher of this volume to indulge the hope of being able to provide an acceptable guide to the London and Birmingham Railway, has been the highly gratifying reception which has already been given to three editions of his Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway. Accordingly, he sends forth this Road Book with the pleasing conviction that he is sending it among persons who, by the acknowledged merits of its predecessor, as well as by the high character of numerous other works of a similar nature, which have issued from the same press, are already prepossessed in its favour. Should a generous public, by the manner in which they receive it, show that the estimation in which they have hitherto held his labours remains undiminished, the Publisher will consider that all his exertions during the many months in which he has been engaged in preparing it for publication, have been abundantly rewarded.
The descriptive part has been written with the utmost carefulness; and, as the whole line was leisurely traversed for the express purpose of obtaining the most correct information, its accuracy may be confidently relied upon. The character of the scenery through which the railway passes is somewhat minutely described; an account is given of every neighbouring town and important village; and all other interesting objects which can be seen from the line are mentioned in the order in which they appear in view. The Writer has also continually aimed at leading the mind of the traveller into pleasant and instructive trains of thought, and furnishing him with interesting subjects for familiar railway colloquy. With respect to the Illustrations, the name of the artists, H. Harris, Esq., by whom the views were taken, exclusively for this work, will doubtless deemed a sufficient guarantee for their judicious selection, and intrinsic merit. They have also been engraved by one of the first London artists, and expense has not been spared in order to render them worthy of the noble undertaking which they air designed to illustrate.
By the completion of this volume, a Road Book is provided for the whole line of railway from London to Liverpool and Manchester; which, besides proving a useful hand-book for the traveller himself, will also, it is hoped, be found an agreeable companion, by those who seek to enjoy the pleasures of travelling while comfortably seated.
August 1st, 1839