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Stage-Coach and Mail in Days of Yore (2015 Hardback)


£25.00

Almost new condition used 2015 Reprint
Scholar’s Choice Edition Hardback.

Published by Andesite Press.
Author: Charles G. Harper (1863-1943).
ISBN: 9781298740069.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 160mm w x 25mm d.

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Stage-Coach and Mail in Days of Yore: A Picturesque History of the Coaching Age Vol.2

Condition and Description:

Almost new condition used 2015 Reprint Scholar’s Choice Edition Hardback.

Published by Andesite Press.
Author: Charles G. Harper (1863-1943).
ISBN: 9781298740069.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 160mm w x 25mm d.

Intact clean glossy condition laminated boards with slight rubbing and signs of handling. Intact spine. One black ‘Veterinary Library’ address stamp to inside blank page- which maybe part of original document, no other stamps or inscriptions. 368 clean inside pages of facsimile English text with 40 separate facsimile b&w plates and 7 b&w illustrations within text. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of Stage-Coach and Mail in Days of Yore:

A Picturesque History of the Coaching Age Vol. II by Charles G. Harper was originally published in 1903 by Chapman & Hall Ltd, London.

A comprehensive account of the logistical difficulties, delights, hazards both natural and man-made and the monetary cost of horse-drawn coach travel in the days before the coming of, and during the infancy of, passenger rail.

While stopping short of declaring that ONLY the wealthy could afford to experience coach travel, it demonstrates that the ordinary worker had to save for many months or even years, to do so.

The work doesn’t gloss over the very real prospect of “an upset” (a rollover or collision) provided by defective coach parts, under-trained or incompatible hoses, incompetent or drunken drivers or the occasional reckless noble “dandy” who would “pull rank” to be allowed to drive the coach. A whole chapter is devoted to accidents, prompting one to think that, if modern motor coaches “boasted” a safety record to match the stage coaches, they would be forced out of service!

Different world views of a different time are illustrated here, as much regarding WH&S as other, to us, outdated concepts. That’s why one purchases such material. When a cheaper, safer, faster, more efficient mode of transport (rail) evolved, coaching suffered a heavy blow, being relegated to a supplementary role and eventually all but dying.
Another whole chapter is devoted to the carriage of freight and mail during the same era.

This facsimile work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work…