The first page of the preface explains that a growing number of tourists are visiting Lyme Regis each year, largely thanks to the opening of the light railway from Axminster. Lyme, according to the writer, is attractive to the tired worker, the archaeologist, the historian, the man of letters and the geologist alike.
About The Seaport Town of Lyme Regis
This guidebook to Lyme Regis was published in 1912, and provides information on the geology and history of the area. According to the preface, the book aimed to appeal to a wide variety of readers - from tired workers taking weekend breaks to serious geologists and archaeologists. The book is also packed with advertisements for a bizarre mixture of goods: flea powder, seasickness draughts, fire insurance, landscape photographs, piano hire. All of these adverts promoted commercial establishments in the town - actually most of them publicise shops belonging to F.Dunster, who is also the publisher of the book.