Carriages & Coaches; Their History & Their Evolution

Carriages & Coaches; Their History & Their Evolution

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...last nine miles of the way cost us six hours' time to conquer them, and indeed we had never done it if our good master had not several times lent us a pair of horses out of his own coach, whereby we were enabled to trace out the way for him " After reading such an account, it is difficult to understand why any one preferred coach to horseback on a cross-country journey. No wonder Gay was goaded " Who can recount the coach's various harms, The legs disjointed, and the broken arms?" " In the wide gulph," he says in another place, " the shatter'd coach o'erthrown Sinks with the snorting steeds; the reins are broke, And from the crackling axle flies the spoke." Yet, according to Swift, Gay was not so averse to the coach in his later years. Writing to him in 173 1, the Dean says: --"If your ramble was on horseback, I am glad ofit on account of your health; but I know your arts of patching up a journey between stage-coaches and friends' coaches: for you are as arrant a cockney as any hosier in Cheapside.... You love twelve-penny coaches too well, without considering that the interest of a whole thousand pounds brings you but half a crown a day." " A coach and six horses," he goes on to say in another letter, "is the utmost exercise you can bear, and this only when you can fill it with such company as is best suited to avoid your taste, and how glad would you be if it could waft you in the air to avoid jolting." There is preserved a chariot of this period which is probably typical of a nobleman's carriage of the time. It was built for one of the Bligh family, possibly the first Lord Darnley, about 1720. It is a small carriage, curved...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236806042
  • 9781236806048