London: Chapman And Hall, 193, Piccadilly, 1852. First Edition. 12mo, original printed wrappers. 104 pp. A rare Victorian paperback, issued in the publisher's 'Reading For Travellers' series, this being No. 2. Front wrapper chipping at edges and detached; spine chipped but title still legible; minor soiling. A very good copy. Very scarce. Item #311986
¶ George Moir FRSE (1800–1870) was a Scottish advocate and author, amateur artist and early photographer. Moir was a frequent contributor to the 'Edinburgh Review' and 'Blackwood's Magazine', a translator of Schiller, and an acquaintance of Thomas Carlyle; he was also Professor of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at the University of Edinburgh, & Sheriff of Ross and Cromarty and, later, Stirlingshire. A surprisingly intelligent and scholarly work, considering that it was issued as a cheap railway paperback. The rear panel advertises "Reading for Travellers. A New Library of Railway Literature. Printed in a clear and legible type, and expressly adapted to the convenience of railway travellers", listing the two works published - 'Old Roads and New Roads' and 'Magic and Witchcraft', plus 6 other titles 'In The Press'. See Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks & Paperbacks 1849-1905, page 288.