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A Must for all Road Anoraks. The RIC Road Book 1893

  • 26-09-2010 11:53pm
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    This is a road book provided for operational matters to the RIC ( Royal Ulster Constabulary) in 1893. The public could also buy it.

    It is called De Via Hibernia 23mbits searchable PDF.

    It came with a copy of this ( zoomable ) map of Ireland produced by Keith Johnston of the then renowned companyW. & A.K. Johnston in Edinburgh. . Export permitted at lower than screen resolution save for extra extra large export format.

    The book plus the extra extra large map are aroung 50Mb between them.

    THIS work was undertaken with the view of supplying a
    great want of the Royal Irish Constabulary, and of
    kindred public services ; and also of providing a " Road
    Book," of a reliable and comprehensive character, for the use of
    cyclists and tourists, of Irish travellers, and others of the public
    who may desire to travel through our beautiful Island.
    The Compiler and Editor has been at very great pains to avoid
    inaccuracy and prolixity, and has striven to condense the mass of
    information given, both by the use of contractions and symbols,
    and by the stringent avoidance of merely ornamental description.
    He has in the design and execution forborne from trespassing
    on the domain and scope of all other " Guides" to Ireland which
    travellers have at their disposal. In this way, it is hoped that the
    effort will receive the support of the travelling public, whom it is
    designed to serve, and be spared the rivalry of other similar works,
    useful each in its own sphere.
    The labour of compilation has been exceedingly heavy : and
    were it not for the ungrudging assistance so freely tendered by
    members of the great Royal Irish Constabulary Force of all ranks, —from the Inspector-General, who kindly sanctioned the use of
    the splendid organization under his command, to the junior constable,
    who, perhaps an enthusiastic cyclist, did his utmost to place
    his local knowledge at the service of the public—it would have
    been impossible of execution. To all and every assistant in the
    very laborious undertaking, whose names are embodied in their
    place in the work, my best thanks and acknowledgments are due,
    and are very gratefully tendered. To "one especially, who, by his
    untiring zeal, intelligence, and ability contributed very largely to
    the accuracy of the intricate details—my clerk, Constable Robert
    Callaghan, R.I.C., of Lisnaskea—my very special thanks are due,
    for his willing labour and assiduous perseverance in checking the
    tots of such voluminous and intricate returns. I may be pardoned
    for hoping that some recognition of his sterling worth may be
    bestowed on him, such as I cannot give, but such as he deserves.
    The book, as it leaves my hands, is not perfect, but I hope that it
    will be accepted as an honest effort to provide a useful Guidebook
    not hitherto available.
    The printing of such a book deserves a word of remark, as it
    was an undertaking of a very unusual, and most difficult kind.
    The printer will, I hope, not be overlooked, the more so as the
    work was done in Ireland by an Irishman, and, in my humble
    judgment, is a credit to him.
    The system of alphabeticising all details has been followed :
    in a few instances where the strict sequence has been, in a very
    small degree, departed from, it was due, I understand, to the
    exigencies of composing the pages, and technical considerations.
    A list of "Addenda et Corrigenda" is given, which, considering
    the extraordinary difficulties of such a work, will not, I hope,
    be considered unduly extensive.
    The book, as a " Road Book," is almost- exhaustive of all the
    roads in Ireland. When it is considered that in each case the
    route from place to place, with nearly every turn, every hill, and
    every cross-road met with, is indicated, and the distance between

    (1) Every Route is given both ways, i.e., going and coming,
    and by different persons : one at each end of every Route.
    (2) The known and reputed distance from place to place
    must agree with total of all the intervening spaces from cross
    road to cross road, and thus an undue expansion of these distances,
    either by carelessness or mistaken estimate, is prevented.
    A single careful reading of the "Instructions" will render
    at once intelligible, the plan on which the work was designed.
    The amount of information given could not otherwise have been
    included in the limits of a book intended for the overcoat pocket,
    or the hand-bag of the tourist.
    The notes of the objects of interest at each place are mainly
    Historical or Archaelogical, and are simply intended to remind the
    traveller of what to look for ; the places, when found, will sufficiently
    describe themselves to anyone interested in such things.
    Distance lines give, at a glance, the shortest route between some
    thousand places. These distances are "as the crow flies," and
    have been derived from an authoritalrive source, founded on the
    Ordnance Survey. Any difference between the distance on the
    map and in the book, is accounted for by the consideration that
    roads deviate sometimes considerably, and the shortest route is
    not necessarily practicable. The Roads are shown in scarlet ; the
    Rivers (inland waters) and their names in bright blue ; the Sea
    shading in green ; the distance lines in black ; Railroads are in
    solid scarlet lines ; while the body, names of Towns, shading, etc.,
    are in purplish mauve.