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.
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BUDGE, Sir E[rnest] .A[lfred]. Wallis.
The Nile. Note for Travellers in Egypt.1901
Description Seventh edition. [vii], viii-xvi, 671 pp; with 3 maps on 2 plates; illustrations, plans, and hieroglyphs printed with the text throughout. Publisher's cloth gilt, marbled edges, marbled end-papers. Contemporary ink inscription to title, very slight spotting to half-title, binding…£70.00Out of Stock
[MURRAY, John,] and H.R. HALL [editor].
Handbook for Egypt and the Sudan. Edited by H[arry].R[eginald]. Hall, M.A.1907, with index-directory for 1910.
This was the last edition published in this series (1847-1907). “”The inclusion of the Sudan was made possible by the re-conquest of the Sudan by General Gordon”” (Lister). Description Eleventh edition. , xiv, , 613 pp, , [16 pp advertisements…£150.00Out of Stock
TERRY, T. Philip.
Terry's New Spanish-English – English-Spanish Pocket Interpreter with the Phonetic Pronunciation of Each Word: A Valuable and Indispensable Phrase Book for English-speaking persons in any Spanish country. It enables the user to speak perfect Castilian at once and be readily understood.1933
Description First edition. 8vo [8 pp advertisements], 143 pp, . Publisher's printed paper wrappers, stab stapled. Pencil memoranda. Ink signature to wrappers, lightly soiled, a little bumped., published 1933 Bibliography Stock ID: 96513£50.00Search