Talk about ‘Ephemera Lost’ (nearly!)! My wife was passing a skip in 2008 just as it started to rain. Her eyes were drawn to a red covered book on the top which she picked up and seeing what it was put it under cover and brought it home. As a collector of coaching scenes I was delighted to find it was a copy of Down the Road by Birch Reynardson published in 1875 with 12 wonderful chromo plates.
The artwork is by H Alken, chromolithograph by Hanhart.
The images I have used here are courtesy of the Library of Congress, USA (it saves me trying to scan my copy and potentially damage the spine).
Cover of Down The Road
Published 1875, retrieved from skip.
Scene on the Dover Road
Subtitled '"The mail of the olden days" in the reign of George the Third'
Tom & I slip into the bar
"Tom & I slip into the bar to get a glass of rum & Milk"
Our friend in red
"Our friend in red keeps his horn going"
A Stickey Lot
Subtitled 'But we "stamped the foot Board" & arrive at the top of "Penmam Maur"'
A Stiffish Pitch
"A stiffish pitch but a good team "our friend in red" takes this opportunity of stretching his legs"
‘Every appearance of sharp weather.’
Off-side leaders trace is unhooked
Harry, off-side leaders trace is unhooked…..who be going to get down, you or I? I think you had better, but look sharp about it.
'What, drunk again you lazy old beggar' Bicknell’s Spicey Team of Greys
Near side Joe, Trace gone again. Where’s your chain trace? A Cheery Lookout
Snow on the ground & snow falling all around.