New York: Augustus M Kelley, 1969. Second Edition. black cloth, gilt lettering on spine, corners lightly bumped, binding very good, bookplate stating review copy, pages bright & clean, two folding maps back of book, 500 pgs., illustrated 17 plates. Francis Whishaw was known for his writings on railways in the mid 19th Century. He was an English Civil Engineer. His book was first written in 1842. very good / very good minor chipping. Item #5557894
"Comprehensive, and at the same time authentic and detailed books dealing with the early locomotive railway period are not numerous. Francis Whishaw's Railways of Great Britain and Ireland published in 1840 is a monumental work containing an exhaustive general and technical account of nearly all the railways open or under construction at that time. The value of this book lies in the wealth of detailed information it contains and the unimpeachable sources from which this was drawn, giving it a high accuracy rating. Although Whishaw has been used by some railway historians, increasingly so in recent years, its scarcity is probably responsible for neglect by a wider range of users. This reprint with a new Introduction by C. R. Clinker, should draw the attention of researchers to its importance and encourage greater use of a contemporary source which deserves to be better known." from the inside front flap.