Bradshaw's name is synonymous with railwaytimetablesand travelguide bookspublished in the late 19th and early 20th century by W.J. Adams and later Henry Blacklock, both ofLondon. They are named after founderGeorge Bradshaw, who produced his first timetable in October 1839.
When in 1865Punchpraised Bradshaw's publications, it stated that "seldom has the gigantic intellect of man been employed upon a work of greater utility." At last, some order had been imposed on the chaos that had been created by some 150 rail companies whose tracks criss-crossed the country and whose largely uncoordinated network was rapidly expanding. Bradshaw minutely recorded all changes and became the standard manual for rail travel well into the 20th century.
In 1898 the guides were supplemented with maps and illustrations. Some of the European city maps were latter compiled into an atlas in 1907, from which this map of Florence originates.