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The Railway Anecdote Book: Co llection of the Best and Newest Anecdotes and Tales; to the Present Day; Selected for the Reading of Railway Passengers.


Published by London. Ingram, Cooke, & Co. N.D. [1852 or earlier], 1852
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First Edition. Title page illustrated with portrait of Sydney Smith. Pages 192 pp.12mo. Lacks outer wraps., but spine suggest plain grey printed wraps. Double column format. All edges speckled red. First Edition. Title page illustrated with portrait of Sydney Smith. The major growth of the English railway system was accelerating, along with industrialization, in the 1840's, as chronicled in Dickens' "Dombey and Son." As today, a special formof publication was found most suitable for passengers' reading material, generally a short, light anecdotal form, akin to "The Reader's Digest" we know today. Here is a typical example from that period. Moreover, Dickens was closely associated with railroad travel from the early period to his death in 1870. In this volume, his image and his work are among the features, including the originof "Boz", his nom de plume, and "Memoirs of Grimaldi.". In addition to his youthful image, we have Washington Irving, Thomas Hood, Mr. Justice Haliburton (author of "Sam Slick") and others. Lacks outer wraps. First few pages detached. Owner's signature in ink on title page: "George McEwen / Nov. 1852." Else Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 9887

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Title: The Railway Anecdote Book: Co llection of ...

Publisher: London. Ingram, Cooke, & Co. N.D. [1852 or earlier]

Publication Date: 1852

Binding: Soft cover

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