New York: H V & H W Poor, 1894. 27th edition (cf. Sabin 64056). 126, xvi, , 1392, 135 pp. Indices. Adverts begin & end the volume. Engraved title page with vignette [inserted between pp. 40-41]. Adverts illustrated with cuts. Inserted lithographic trade card for Homer Lee Bank Note Company after p. 18. 20 double-page [facing] color maps of divers sections of N. America. Many b&w wood engraved route maps interspersed within the main text body. Thick 8vo. 9" x 6" Original green publisher's cloth lettered in gilt on spine & front board. Bevelled edges. Gilt lettered advert to rear board. Adverts as eps. Nr Fine (bright gilt & cloth/sq & tight/light soil to top 1" of front board/light foxing to edges). Item #28151
Poor a noted railroad journalist & economist, who wrote much on the economic & social phenomena of the railroad [as well as the displaced canals]. The first edition of this popular 'Manual' appeared in 1868; it continued in publication until 1924. The 'Cost, Earnings' data, which was presented in the Manual through the 1900 edition, "remain among the most valuable source materials on railroad expansion and development.." ever published. [DAB]. For today's scholar, this valuable material is supplemented by the volume's many pages of adverts, which also offer a wealth of information on the US railroad trade of the late 1800s.