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An Illustrated Guide to Sydney and its Suburbs 1882 by Gibbs, Shallard & Co.

An Illustrated Guide to Sydney and its Suburbs 1882 by Gibbs, Shallard & Co.

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An Illustrated Guide to Sydney and its Suburbs 1882,

And to Favourite Places of Resort

by Gibbs, Shallard & Co.

Ferguson no. 9896

Gibbs, Shallard & Co., 1981, [facsimile], ISBN 0207144338, fold-out frontispiece map,  black and white illustrations in text, hardcover with gilded lettering, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription and sticker to front endpaper, dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping and chipping, sunned spine (see photographs)

“Turn back the clock 100 years and take a walk up George Street in 1882.  Messrs Gibbs, Shallard & Co., are excellent guides – not only pointing out the places of interest, but also revealing snippets of privileged, behind-the-scenes information and not failing to encourage and applaud the more lucrative commercial enterprises encountered en route.
Then turn your eye to the suburbs – the North Shore, where the traveller “wishing to extend his researches and behold more natural beauties” is advised to “take a vehicle from Milson’s Point”, Wollomooloo, peopled principally by “artizans, clerks, and others”’ Pyrmont, where “much land to the southward is yet vacant”’ Forest Lodge, which “only five years ago was little more than a series of paddocks”; and so on through Balmain, Glebe, Newton, Randwick, Coogee, Paddington and Woollahra, Bondi and Botany.
Before leaving Sydney for the Blue Mountain resorts, our hosts lead a tour of Sydney Harbour, Middle Harbour and the Lane Cove River to the many inns, pleasure grounds and picnic places that dot the shores.
Illustrated with over 50 fine etchings, Sydney 1882 takes us back to a time when church spires were the tallest peaks on the city’s profile and when dirt roads, the horse-drawn hansom and the steam ferry linked the sparsely populated suburbs and much-patronised pleasure grounds.”


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