1867. Item #A6023
Dean & Son [publisher]. The Railway Alphabet. London, n.d. [ca. 1867-73]. A "Dean's Infantile Oil-Colour Toy Book." 4 leaves, 26 line ills. printed in red and black on one side of the leaves. Fair paperbound. Light green wrappers, printed in red and black on the insides and on the front cover. Covers and pages rather soiled and rubbed; some scribbling on front cover. Short marginal tears. Removed from a bound volume, with threads remaining at spine. Ca. 9 x 12 inches. ** A Victorian railway-themed alphabet book, with a couplet of verse and illustration for each letter. "D is the Driver who drives without whip, / And keeps up the steam as he takes you a trip." Michael Freeman, in Railways and the Victorian Imagination, notes that the words in railway alphabet books changed over time as rail travel became more common. For instance, "S" at first usually stood for "Station." Here, "S" stands for "Smith and Son's Stalls at each Station." The back cover advertises F.S. Cleaver's soaps and powders, as well as Dean's new series of "infantile oil-colour picture toy books." Scarce in any condition; WorldCat cites 4 locations total for various editions. Shipping/handling will be extra; please keep this in mind when ordering.