EXCEEDINGLY RARE ITEM IN ORIGINAL QUARTER CALF
Hackney coach and cabriolet pocket companion.
London: Simpkin & Marshall, 1825
Quarter calf, 3.5 inches tall. A remarkable survival, probably unique in this condition. The calf spine has gilt bands and the gilt title and price of 1 shilling and 6 pence. The original boards are slightly rubbed and fraying but still solid and in good condition. Containing 'upwards of 7000 fares, from the principal coach stations in the metropolis'. The folding 'Fares to the Theatres, Opera House, Vauxhall, &c.' is present. According to a review in the Imperial Magazine 'This little book will be found exceedingly useful to all strangers visiting London, and even to multitudes long resident in the metropolis, but have not been much 'hackneyed' by its 'ways'. The impositions practiced by coachmen on the unwary passenger, are every where proverbial, and scarcely a day passes, in which some of his majesty's subjects are not convinced that the report contains no libel.......a single detection will probably reimburse his expense. The arrangement is alphabetical......so that little difficulty can occur in finding the legal fare to any given place. Only one example of this essential volume is listed on Copac, in the University of Cambridge.