The map and the man who made it
George Bradshaw was already established as a maker of canal maps but in 1839 he changed tack, producing the first of his railway guides. His name would go on to become synonymous with Victorian rail travel.
Condition and materials
Folding map, 69 x 60 cm, dissected into 20 panels and laid on linen, original hand colour identifying the different lines with an explanation on the right of the map, insets of London and other major cities (Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham), folding into cloth covers with publisher’s paper label, rebacked.