- This is a facsimile reprint collection of eight books on the British Post Office, originally published during a period of rapid modernization.
- Written mainly by those who worked for the Post Office, or who were closely involved in the early development of postal systems, and based on their experiences, this collection of books provides very vivid contemporary accounts on the vital role that a (changing) postal service played in Victorian society and the life of British people.
- Letters and other correspondence are crucial aspects of British literature and culture and, unsurprisingly, the improvement of the postal system made an impact on Victorian novels. This collection will therefore be a particularly useful resource for researchers exploring the social background of key literary works of the period.
Table of Contents
The History of the Post Office from its Establishment down to 1836
London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1893, c.470 pp.
Norway, Arthur H.
History of the Post-Office Packet Service between the Years 1793-1815
London: Macmillan & Co., 1895, c.325 pp.
Post Office Reform: Its Importance and Practicability
London: Charles Knight, 1837, c.115 pp.
Smyth, Eleanor C.
Sir Rowland Hill: The Story of a Great Reform, Told by His Daughter
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1907, c.340 pp.
Her Majesty's Mails: History of the Post-Office and an Industrial Account of its Present Condition, 2nd ed.
London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. 1865, c.355 pp.
Hyde, James Wilson
The Royal Mail: Its Curiosities and Romance, 2nd ed.
Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood, 1885, c.405 pp.
Tombs, R. C.,
The Bristol Royal Mail, Post, Telegraph and Telephone
Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, nd. [c.1899], c.295 pp.
Volumes 7 and 8
Baines, F. E.,
Forty Years at the Post-Office, A Personal Narrative, Volume 1 & 2
London: Richard Bentley & Son, 1895, c.700 pp.