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Travel and Adventure in South-East Africa
Travel and Adventure in South-East Africa
by Frederick Courteney Selous
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Frederick Courteney selous was the archetypical Victorian upper class gentleman ..., 21 Feb. 2016
Frederick Courteney selous was the archetypical Victorian upper class gentleman of the empire, a very keen big game hunter and conservationist determined to come back with as many specimens as he could get hold of for the British museum, this account of his 11 year exploration in parts of what are today northern South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, was published to rapturous reviews in 1893 and is very much Victorian 'boys own' derring do, it's pages are crammed with encounters with lions and hunting persuits, plus an account of the colonisation of mashunaland which now forms part of eastern Zimbabwe, selous' opinions and racist attitudes towards the indigenous natives belies the darker side of the book, given all the more significant by the fact that he was a much admired friend of Cecil Rhodes, a man who many regard as a racist imperialistic founding father of apartheid, that aside, this is a very charming and thrilling tale of adventure written in proper gentlemanly style from a lost era


Bradshaw's Handbook: 1861 railway handbook of Great Britain and Ireland
Bradshaw's Handbook: 1861 railway handbook of Great Britain and Ireland
by George Bradshaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the casual Lounge reader, 10 Oct. 2014
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A superb lounge copy of this previously lost gem of a book that I would recommend to anyone, open the covers and step into a world of mid victorian splendour, charm and olde worlde innocence that is now but a dim and distant memory
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John Peebles' American War, 1776-82 (Publications of the Army Records Society)
John Peebles' American War, 1776-82 (Publications of the Army Records Society)
by John Peebles
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A window onto the dying days of British America, 12 Dec. 2012
This book has to be one of the most comprehensive, detailed, in depth accounts of life in the higher echelons of Army society at a pivotal moment in the history of the British Empire in America, In it we not only get accounts of the principle battles of the conflict such as Monmouth, Brandywine and Germantown and the retreat from Philadephia to New York and also the siege of charlestown not to mention the failed attempt to rescue General Cornwallis from Yorktown in 1781, all so vividly documented one can clise ones eyes and truly imagine the shole thing, but also the elegant social side of the British Army Officer class in the 18th Century so rigidly ritualisticaly stuck to that a tiresome little thing such as a major rebellious conflict wasn't going to stand in the way of. This is a truly valuable document of incredible importance, there isn't another one that exists on the same scale. Outside of The Army Records Society this volume is quite rare to find and copies may be slightly expensive but well worth a peek into a world long since vanished


Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, 1913
Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide, 1913
by George Bradshaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great European Railway Journeys, 2 Oct. 2012
This hefty tome, as austere and daunting as it looks, has to rank as one of the most outstanding works in the history of railway literature, here is something no well heeled traveller, in the death throes of genteel Edwardian England, could afford to be without, over the course of its 1106 pages, the traveller has everything at their fingertips they would ever need, a comprehensive guide of direct routes to the principle cities, railway timetable of each country of europe, a hotel directory, general advice to travellers, almanac & tide table, information on money, weights & measures, a short descriptive guide to each country and its principle cities and much much more, this is in my opinion another five star hit for old house who have given us an invaluable treasure, a snapshot of a bustling but genteel Europe who could have no idea of the horror that was waiting to unfold
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Bradshaw's Handbook (Premium Edition)
Bradshaw's Handbook (Premium Edition)
by George Bradshaw
Edition: Leather Bound
Price: £19.99

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 26 Sept. 2012
My first initial review wasnt very favourable, admittedly i only held it and flicked through it quickly, so I put my money where my mouth was and bought this edition and after holding this nearly all day and leafing through it, its just brilliant, superb quality at a great price, i feel ashamed by my first review, i didnt give it a chance, but now im glad i have done, it will be the best £17 you've ever spent
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Bradshaw's Handbook
Bradshaw's Handbook
by George Bradshaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.50

176 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Railway Journeys, 7 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Bradshaw's Handbook (Hardcover)
Well here it is, a more faithfully sized facsimilie of probably one of the most famous tourist guides (albeit a little out of date) at the moment, until a few years ago the name George Bradshaw had all but disappeared from the national psyche, then along came Michael Portillo with a camera crew and a little, old, obscure book almost nobody had heard of, right from the outset I wished I could own a copy and searched the Internet for a copy of my own, I realised that originals like Mr Portillo has are extremely scarce and incredibly expensive costing hundreds of pounds, I should have realised that it would only be a matter of time before it was to be reproduced and here it is, a fantastic little book with a goldmine of information both trivial and historical about our country, some of which we didn't even know, the name Bradshaw was synonymous with the rail network as Beeton was with cookery but his memory was all but airbrushed from rail history in the beeching reforms of the 1960's, thanks to Mr Portillo his name has once again been restored, buy and read this book and you will see that, for all it's faults at the moment, the rail network has achieved so much and shaped who we are today, it's astonishing to think that a back street cartographer from Manchester, whose only aim was to help the Victorian traveller get from A to B more efficiently, awakened the true sense of us as a rail travelling nation, forget Michelin, lonely planet and the rest, this is the only informative guide to the UK that you'll ever need
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Holy Bible, 1611 King James Version (400th Anniversary Edition)
Holy Bible, 1611 King James Version (400th Anniversary Edition)
by Zondervan Publishing
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Treasure, 6 Dec. 2011
A fantastic, value for money piece of 17th century church treasure, replicated for all of us to own for less than the cost of a fish & chip supper, 1611 edition replicas have always existed on the Market but even the lowest costing one can set you back over £100 and other reprints are just not true reprints, this excellent quality budget reprint retains the 'olde' English typesetting, the fascinating pages of genealogy charts, the only thing missing is the collection of books and fragments called Apocrypha, which the church authorities always cast doubt over, within 150 years these books vanished completely from the bible, if you have never heard of the Apocrypha and don't know what it is you won't notice anything missing, so open the cover and step back 400 years into 17th century England


The Tyndale Bible: A Facsimile
The Tyndale Bible: A Facsimile
by David Daniell
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Olde England, 4 Dec. 2011
The words 'Treasure' 'a gem' are used far too lightly these days, in some cases without merit or due consideration, but in this case it is without a shadow of a doubt more than deserved, William tyndale was prepared to risk his life to defy the Catholic establishment and bring the rich beautiful words of the gospels and epistles in English, the language of the common majority that was on the rise, church and state decreed with an iron fist that the bible must be preached in Latin , the language it had been in for over a thousand years, talk of change was brutally dealt with, then in 1526 years of painstaking work paid off as these modestly priced beautiful little volumes appeared in print for the first time, the outraged catholic state had them all (or so they thought) hunted down and burned so much so that only 3 survived and this is an exact page by page reproduction of the only complete one that this country owns which is in the British Library, the other which has 78 pages missing is in St Pauls Cathedral, so if your looking to give a true priceless Jewel for Christmas this year give them this little piece of our heritage


Bradshaw's Guide: The 1866 Handbook Reprinted
Bradshaw's Guide: The 1866 Handbook Reprinted
by George Bradshaw
Edition: Paperback

126 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Bradshaw be your guide, 23 Oct. 2011
This is a gem of a book, a very rare treasure, This book is one of the foundation blocks of the rail network, George Bradshaw made, for the first time, the rail network organised and accessible for everyone, his timetables were a major breakthrough and although the last of these were published in 1961 that legacy can still be witnessed today, probably lesser known before BBC TV's Great British Railway Journeys, are the Tourist Handbooks he published, in these guides he tells the Victorian Tourist where to travel, what sights to see and where to stay along with a distinctively Victorian commentary style he also gives an interesting historical narrative, there are also numerous railway excursion tables, Bradshaw also uses his primary skill as a cartographer to provide detailed maps and plans of primarily noteworthy locations, a hotel guide can also be found at the back of the book but most exquisite are the illustrations of various buildings, sights and scenes along the way, in all this is a very valuable look back to life in 1866 and this should be a book to be treasured for all times
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Baedekers Great Britain, 1890
Baedekers Great Britain, 1890
by Karl Baedeker
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take to the tracks in 1890 with Baedeker, 25 Jan. 2011
This is a little gem of a book, this is the perfect volume for anybody wishing to see Britain in the eyes of the Victorian traveller, Karl Baedeker wrote and published his Railway tourist guidebooks towards the end of the 19th century following in the footsteps of Railway cartographer, George Bradshaw, this book is perhaps not as in-depth and detailed as Bradshaw's very own 'tourist handbook' but with that book very expensively scarce, this facsimile reprint is the next very best thing, it is packed full of useful information ,there is advice on what to see, where to stay, cab fares with one or two horses plus a detailed description of each City, Town or Village visited and it's history, some of the railway lines Baedeker travels along have now long since vanished giving it an archaic quirky charm, so take up your Baedekers guide, take to the tracks and go and see what of Baedekers Britain remains
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