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Crosville: State Owned Without Tears (edited and Revised by John A. Senior) - W. J. Crosland Taylor

Transport Publishing Company, 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a very small nick to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Limited edition indicated by a sticker to the pastedown.

First in this edition. [First: State Owned Without Tears 1948-1953 by Littlebury Bros. , 1954] Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs; A limited printing of 1750 copies of which this is number 1246.

From the cover: “State Owned Without Tears was originally published at the time when nationalisation of Crosville Motor Services was imminent, in 1953. Written by the then General Manager, W. J. Crosland Taylor, it continued the story of the Company’s history which had been taken up to 1948 in his earlier volume, The Sowing and The Harvest.

Both books have always been regarded as classics of their kind, for Crosland Taylor, in addition to being one of the great bus men of all time, had a flair for describing the Company’s fortunes in a way which many people outside the industry found as fascinating as did those who actually worked for the Crosville organisation.

The advent of de-regulation has removed what WJC always regarded as the dead hand of government, though whether he would have approved of the Thatcher Government’s policies and their effects on the industry may be judged to be another matter.

Both books have long been out of print and in the Autumn of 1986 TPC took the decision to revise them, principally by the inclusion of the photographs which could not be included in the early post-war period of restrictions on printing. The work has been greatly assisted by present day Crosville staff and although the new editions are no longer the official versions of the Company’s history, both will be seen to have the wholehearted approval of the present management.

Produced as limited editions, both titles are expected to become sought after in the same way as did the originals over thirty years ago.”


Foreword or introduction by Edmund Vale. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 272 pages.
£41.00