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.
France. Southern France including Corsica 1914
Last English edition. Issued c. 1914 Description Sixth edition. xxvi, 648pp, 42 maps, 63 plans, and a panorama, ink signature inside, spine faded, publisher's red cloth gilt; a good copy., published 1914 Bibliography Hinrichsen E126 Stock ID: 95362£50
France. Southern France, including Corsica 1902
Issued c.1905. Description Fourth edition. xxvii, 548pp, 30 maps, 36 plans, and a panorama, pencilling inside, publisher's red cloth gilt; a very good copy., published 1902 Bibliography Hinrichsen E124. Stock ID: 95360£40
France. Southern France including Corsica 1914
Last English edition. Issued c. 1922. Description Sixth edition. xxvi, 648pp, 42 maps, 63 plans, and a panorama, a very good copy in publisher's red cloth gilt, spine slightly faded., published 1914 Bibliography Hinrichsen E126 Stock ID: 95355£50
Italy. Northern Italy including Leghorn, Florence, Ravenna and routes through France, Switzerland, and Austria.1913
Last pre-World War I edition describing the area before the acquisition of South Tyrol, Istria and Fiume and before the foundation of the Fascist Party (1919) and the march on Rome (1922). Issued c.1914 Description Fourteenth edition. lxviii, 698pp, 36…£45
Italy. First Part: Northern Italy including Leghorn, Florence, Ravenna, and Routes through Switzerland and Austria.1895
Issued c.1895. Description Tenth edition. lxiv, 511pp, 26 maps and 29 plans, front map slightly worn at edge, publishers red cloth gilt, spine faded; overall a very good copy., published 1895 Bibliography Hinrichsen E137. Stock ID: 95336£45
Austria, including Hungary, Transylvania, Dalmatia, and Bosnia. 1900
This edition was still published under the title “”Austria”” despite covering the whole of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. An unusual edition. Issued c.1900. Description Ninth edition. xvi, 479pp, 30 maps and 36 plans, publisher's red cloth gilt, spine slightly chipped at…£60
Italy: Southern Italy and Sicily, with excursions to the Lipari Islands, Malta, Sardinia, Tunis, and Corfu1877
There were two issues of this edition. The first one was published in 1876 and then the second a year later in 1877. Issued January 1877. Description Sixth edition. xliv, 373pp, 8 maps and 12 plans, previous owner's ink signature…£150
Great Britain. Handbook for Shropshire and Cheshire. 1897.
Description Third edition. pp. , 156, 6 index, 48 adverts dated 1912-1913, 6 of ( 8) maps and plans, (lacks plan of Chester and general folding map in rear pocket ), publisher's red cloth gilt; a very good copy., published 1897. Bibliography…£30
France. Paris and environs with routes from London to Paris .1898.
Issued c.1898. Description Thirteenth edition. xlvi. pp. 428. 12 maps and 33 plans, previous owner's ink inscription on front pastedown, publisher's red cloth gilt, spine faded, a good copy., published 1898. Bibliography Hinrichsen E107. Stock ID: 95299£40
Great Britain. London and its Environs. 1898.
Issued c.1899. Description Eleventh edition. x, 438pp, 44pp street appendix, 3 maps, 20 plans, bookseller's label on front pastedown, inner hinges slightly cracked; publisher's red cloth, slightly worn and faded, spine chipped at top; overall a good solid copy., published 1898. Bibliography…£65
Belgium and Luxemburg. 1931
Last English title covering Belgium. Holland is no longer included and the section on Luxemburg has been extended. Issued c.1931. Description Sixteenth edition. xliv, 366pp, 43 maps and plans, publisher's red cloth gilt, extremities rubbed and worn; overall a good…£60
Egypt and the Sudan. 1914.
Last edition of this classic Baedeker guide issued before World War I. Issued c.1914. Description Seventh edition. cxc, 458pp, 22 maps, 85 plans, and 55 vignettes, publisher's red cloth gilt, slightly worn at top and bottom of spine; overall a…£150
Spain and Portugal. 1913.
Last edition in the English series. Detailed account of Spain before all the upheavals of later years. Issued c.1925 Description Fourth edition. pp. xcviii, 594, 20 maps and 59 plans, general map before t.p. slightly frayed at edge, ink signature…£80
Germany. Northern Germany. 1877.
Endpapers dated June 1877. Description Sixth edition. xvi, 332pp, 15 maps, 27 plans, discreet bookseller's label on front pastedown; publisher's old type red cloth binding, slightly worn on the extremities, gilt lettering bright; overall a very good copy., published 1877. Bibliography Hinrichsen…£130
United States with Excursions to Mexico, Cuba, Porto Rico, and Alaska. 1909
Last and most comprehensive edition in the series. Issued c. 1911. Description Fourth edition. cii, 724pp, 33 maps and 48 plans, with Brentano's slip tipped in front paste-down, some pages slightly browned, publisher's red cloth gilt, spine slightly faded; overall…£200Search