The Ways of the Line:

[Tregelles (Anna Rebecca)]

The Ways of the Line:

a Monograph on Excavators.

Description: FIRST EDITION, with an engraved frontispiece after the author, and vignette on engraved title, engraved by ?Ch. Pairman, a few minor stains and a few spots, pp. 8 (ads), 167 (including half-title, frontispiece and engraved title not in the pagination, and there being no letterpress title - not called for), small 8vo, original pink bead-grain cloth, vignette of a train (Rocket style) with numerous carriages steaming under a bridge in a mountainous landscape blocked in gilt at the centre of the upper cover, repeated in blind on the lower cover, spine gilt lettered, spine faded, upper cover unevenly so, still a good copy, signature of James Ferguson dated 1872 at the head of the advertisements

Publication Details: Edinburgh: William Oliphant and Co., London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co., 1858

Notes: Although the author claims that 'this is a secular narration', this is really more of a Quaker temperance tract. However, quite a lot of detail of the daily life of the navvies is revealed, their dialect faithfully reproduced, and social attitudes described, in between the distribution of tracts, and exhortations to temperance. The work is a response to 'English Hearts and English Hands', by Catherine Marsh, published in the same year (and going through several editions). 'The Railroad Excavators, though among us, are not of us; but who, whilst there are railways or canals, dock or harbours, t...more

Bibliography: (Smith, J. Friends' books, 1.118 & 2.821)

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Price: £400

Subject: History

Published Date: 1858

Stock Number: 67111

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