Rare Guidebooks

Along with contemporary and modern literature first editions, guide books are one of the most accessible places to start a collection of rare books.  The classic guide books (Baedeker’s, Murray’s and Thomas Cook handbooks) were published at the beginning of the industrial revolution.  As transport became easier, the nouveau riche sought to undertake grand tours of Europe and the Baedeker was an invaluable accompaniment, just as Lonely Planet guided young gap year students in the 80s and 90s.

Not only are guide books relatively inexpensive, but they provide a valuable insight into the shape, structure and aesthetics of historical Europe.

Shapero Rare Books is probably the leading international specialist in antiquarian travel guide books. We stock an extensive range from the eighteenth century onwards.  Visit us to see one of the largest collections of Baedeker’s, Murray’s and Thomas Cook handbooks.

Most of our stock is listed on this website but, if the item you are looking for is not here, please feel free to contact us.  Naturally, we are also always interested in acquiring collections or interesting single books.

Lucinda Boyle

Lucinda Boyle

Travel Specialist & Shop Manager

Lucinda is shop manager and travel specialist. She joined Bernard Shapero nearly 27 years ago…

Bernard Shapero

Bernard Shapero

CEO, Shapero Rare Books

Bernard is an experienced international dealer in rare books and works on paper. He began dealing…

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