Bradshaw's Illustrated Hand Book to Belgium and the Rhine
Published by Bradshaw, 1876 (several references to this date through the book, including preface.) pp 188 plus magnificent 91 page advertising gazette to rear.
Flimsy red cloth covers, very well used, dirty but very good - no fraying etc, remarkably good corners and spine. Engraved decoration to corners and borders; gilt titles to front and spine, including price: 5/-.
Block edges dirty and unevenly bound. All pages tanned, inner hinges cracked. Some neat pencil marks through the book showing places the owner visited etc. Spine covering is floppy and there is cracking in the block sections, but still the book hangs on in grand defiance.
Superb engravings of notable places (p67, 69, 81, 157, 165 etc.) These fine examples each include five or six smaller images bordered in floral swirls - really beautiful - on post cards. A tiny image on p157 includes a man in silent repose, and on p165 a man with his dog. These insets are hard to spot but they appear everywhere.
Many fold-out town plans, a fine metre-long map of the Meuse and a large loose map of Europe in the back cover.
Previous owner has drawn a sketch on p111 (facing), that shows a 433 foot high cliff and a 76 foot deep river.
The book comprises three dozen touring routes for the well-to-do Victorian traveller, taking in the principal sights and staying in the finest hotels. The gazette is captivating.