The POST CHAISE COMPANION: Or Travellers Directory through Ireland. Containing a New & Accurate Description of the Direct and Principal Cross Roads, with particulars of the Noblemen & Gentlemen's Seats, Cities, Towns, Parks, Natural Curiosities, Antiquities, Castles, Ruins, Manufactures, Loughs, Glens, Harbours, &c. &c. Forming an Historical & Descriptive Account of the Kingdom. To Which is Added, a Travelling Dictionary, or Alphabetical Tables, Shewing [sic] the Distances of all the Principal Cities, Boroughs, Market & Sea Port Towns in Ireland from Each Other.

Dublin: Printed & Published by J. Fleming, [1813]. 4th edition, "corrected & enlarged, with an Entire New Set of Plates." Ca. 1813-1820. xxxv, 651, [28 (index)] pp. Frontis plus numerous folding plates (maps). 8-5/8" x 5-1/2". [Modern Rebound]. Half-bound light brown leather spine and edges over beige marbled paper-covered boards. Gilt stamped lettering and rules to spine. Blue speckled edges. Modern binding with very light wear. Paper age-toned and foxed, delicate, title leaf with two previous owners' signatures. Some creasing and wear to folding plates. Withal, a VG example. Item #41490

"The Post-Chaise Companion of Ireland was first published by W. Wilson in 1786. Although a number of companions of this kind were published for Irish use before and after Wilson's edition, this represents one of the most complete guides of its type and all of which were to be relegated to history less than fifty years later with the advent of the railway. Prior to mechanisation, the post-chaise was the most familiar and widely used means of road transport. This commonly took the form of a closed-body travelling carriage, which together with a pair or four horses and postilion driver was hired from stage to stage." (

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