St. John Colbran’s Guide And Visitors’ Handbook To Tunbridge Wells And Neighbourhood With Map And Illustrations..
Bound in original maroon cloth, gilt. Spine and inner edges of boards sunned and map showing sellotape burns neatly rebacked; otherwise a very good copy.
THE LAST COLBRAN FAMILY GUIDEBOOK
St. John Colbran, The Royal Library, High Street. 'Courier' Printing and Publishing Company, Grove Hill Road.,
8vo. 5 x 7 inches. v + [iii] + 323 pp. + 35 pp. advertisements. All text within ruled lines.
Illustrated by folding map, frontispiece, photographic plate and by wood engravings in text. Decorated by initials and endpiece vignettes
St John Colbran (1842-1922) took over the publishing business of his father, John, in 1860 but did not produce the first edition of his own guide until 1880. The title has an extensive historical section occupying the first 151 pages of the text. The Colbran company, which had been publishing guidebooks since 1839, was purchased by Goulden and Nye in 1887, although this Second Edition still remained in print in 1893.
[Stock No. 23923]