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A sumptuous artefact in the form of a book.,
This review is from: Great Railway Maps of the World (Hardcover)
The book arrived an hour ago. I opened its cover and leafed through the first twenty pages and it almost brought tears to my eyes. The layouts, the colours and the maps themsleves conjoured up the romance that I love about the railwa. Like the magic of the Orient Express, these early chapters took me through the excitement of opening continents and laid out - in an easy to look at format - the routes of the tracks laid down across these vast and largely unkown territories.
The sheer beauty of the maps, the richness of the tints and the sumptuousness of the posters here reproduced alongside the maps, illustrating key features of the subject countries, sometimes figuratively, conveys almost emotionally the passion of the people who made those originals works of art (because that is what they are) and that of the writer of this book.
This is a treasure that I will never lend anyone but my Xmas present list is well and truly sorted this year.