Colonel Michael Cobb was a lifelong railway enthusiast, and in 1978 he set about creating the most detailed study of the history and geography of British railways ever attempted. For 18 years he researched and wrote his atlas, completing it in 1996 and getting it published in 2004. The book went through two editions, and was recently republished by his son Patrick in an updated third edition.
Cobb’s work has been highly praised, the head of Cambridge's geography faculty describing it as "a remarkable piece of scholarship . . . It's not just of interest to the enthusiast, but a vital tool for anyone seriously interested in the economy, geography and history of Great Britain. There's nothing like it."
Extraordinary Editions are delighted to have been asked to help create the Exemplary Edition of the Atlas.
The books have been gilded on all three sides before being fully bound by hand in red leather and embossed in gold. They feature bespoke marbled end papers by Gemma Lewis who has based the design on the old “blood and custard” rolling stock livery and the papers are complemented by cream, red and chocolate coloured marker ribbons.
The two volumes come complete in a bespoke solander box which also uses the blood and custard marble paper and which contains the latest updates to the work as well as a DVD on Michael Cobb’s work.