A Rare Beautifully Illustrated Copy Of “Summer Homes On The Harlem Rail Road,” 1888

January 22, 2020

We found this great post from Budden Brooks regarding the Summer Homes On The Harlem Rail Road, 1888, a handsomely produced and illustrated tourism guide from the New York Central and Hudson River Rail Road. It includes a chart of fairs for the various stations and a guide to hotels and boarding houses. This guide promotes the “Improved Train Service” which includes elegant drawing-room cars, sleeping cars, dining cars with elegant cuisine, and even buffet smoking cars with easy chairs and a library. In all, it sounds like a very nice way to travel!

First Edition of the seasonal guide for 1888. Beautifully illustrated throughout in black and white, with a map of the New York Central and Hudson River Rail Road, and in pictorial wrappers. 12mo, in the original green paper wrappers, printed and pictorially decorated in red and black, staple stitched as issued. 72 pp. including ads. Very scarce in any condition, this an extremely well-preserved copy with only the lightest mellowing caused by time, a very small chip to the bottom tip of the wrapper spine neatly repaired.

Find out more about the Summer Homes On The Harlem Rail Road, 1888, book here for only $350.

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