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“A series of cheap and healthy publications, to supplant the deleterious mixtures sold too frequently from the want of more wholesome food."— Athenæum.

“Mr. Murray starts with one great advantage. Cheap novels, compressing some five volumes of French nonsense into one small duodecimo, must necessarily be in small print and on bad paper. This bothers most eyes and wears many out. The same objection applies to many even of the really useful books sold at railway stations. Mr. Murray, whose subjects do not require the same compression, gives a good readable type, quite large enough for ordinary eyes, even in express trains. For railway reading this is really the chief consideration of all.” - Atlas.

“Mr. Murray has deserved well at the hands of the travelling community, as well as at those of the public at large."-Observer.

“ Encouraged by the brilliant success attendant upon many recent adventures in the way of supplying the masses with cheap and standard literature, Mr. Murray has commenced the issue of a new series, destined, we are satisfied, to occupy a very distinguished position among this remarkable class of periodicals.”—Sun.

“ We heartily wish this new undertaking the success which the enterprising publisher merits, and commend these productions to the railway and reading public.”—Morning Herald.

“ We hail Murray's Reading for the Rail,' with much pleasure, as one of the many efforts now making to supply the public with books at once cheap and good. This is the only legitimate means by which literature that is cheap and worthless, or positively mischievous, can be fairly and efficiently put down."—Economist.

“We recognise, both in its contents, and in the spirit in which, as the first of a contemplated series of “ Readings for the Rail,' it has been launched by Mr. Murray, the highminded and rightminded effort of a healthful spirit to leave its impress on the age in which we live. And we tender to the publisher our cordial and earnest thanks for so valuable an addition to our current readings, we ought to have said for so wholesome a substitute for the poisonous trash which obtrudes itself at nearly every railway station of the metropolis upon the notice of the young and the unthinking." -Bath Herald.

“It is to supply a class of books suited to modern travel, that Mr. Murray comes forward as the “ schoolmaster” of the Rail. He desires to put into the hands of travellers, works that shall mingle 'pleasure with instruction,' or 'information,' if the reader prefers the phrase."-- Shrewsbury Journal.

“An able article on Literature for the Rail,' was lately inserted in the Times,' and naturally attracted general observation. The writer recommended as an effectual means for expelling from the book-stalls of the stations trashy and licentious publications, the issue of works of acknowledged merit at a low price ; and the argumentum ad hominem was applied to Mr. Murray, by way of inducing that publisher to do for the rail what he had done for other classes of readers by issue of his popular Home and Colonial Library. This publication is the response to this appeal.”- Worcester Journal.


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