We're delighted to announce that we'll be taking part in the Attingham Trust Study Programme, "The Horse and the Country House," in England in September. We have in stock some of the books on the program's suggested reading list. A selection of them, plus others that may be of interest, are included in "Featured Books" at the bottom of this page. Quantities are very limited. For other titles related to the program's theme, search by the keyword Attingham, or go to "Browse Horses" and then look through the topics Art, Driving (especially other World on Wheels volumes), Farming, Horses in Society & History, and Hunting. We're happy to ship postpaid to Attingham participants within the United States.

The Railway Alphabet [ca. 1867-73]
Dean & Son [publisher]

1867. 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. (Item ID: A6023)

$250.00

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