The proprietary eponym of railway travel
Bradshaw’s first Railway Companion was published in 1839. The density of information and small text made the timetables far from easy to use, and their supposed complexity made them a popular target for jokes and satire (in ‘Punch’ for example, and by Dickens in ‘Household Words’). However, ‘Bradshaws’ rapidly became the generic name for all railway timetables.
Condition & Materials
Small 8vo (11.6 cm tall), pp. [lxii] including printed paste-downs (irregular pagination, with an extra leaf between numbers 6 and 8, and an extra leaf between 11 and 16); including 6 double-page maps with original hand colour and 4 b/w town plans (Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds); plus 3 folding plates: a b/w map of railways in England and Wales, a folding table of gradients, and a glazed folding map of London. Publisher’s cloth, glazed paper label on the cover with price of 1 shilling. Some wear to binding, particularly the spine, but a generally pleasing example of a fragile item.