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.
Deutschland. Mittel-und Nord-Deutschland. Westlich bis zum Rhein.1885
Endpapers dated “”Juli 1885″”. Description Twenty-first edition. pp. xxx, 504, 36 maps and 42 plans, previous owner's signature inside, publisher's red cloth gilt; a very good copy. Baedeker Guides are travel guide books published by the Karl Baedeker firm of…
Germany. Rhine including The Black Forest & The Vosges. 1911 (reprint 1919)
Last pre-First World War edition, showing the German Empire at its height under Wilhelm II. Reprinted in 1919 just after the First World War. Description Seventeenth edition. xxxiv, 554pp, 69 maps and 59 plans, publisher's two coloured red cloth binding…
Germany. Southern Germany. (Baden, Black Forest, Wurtemberg, and Bavaria).1929
Last English edition. Issued c.1929. Description Thirteenth edition. xxviii, 547pp, 118 maps and plans, publisher's red cloth gilt, original brown printed dust-wrapper. Small tear to corner of title page map. Baedeker Guides are travel guide books published by the Karl…
Great Britain. 1927.
This was the first edition written by H. A. Piehler. Details given of air services opened in 1919 and the regrouping of the railways in 1923. Issued c.1929 Description Eighth edition. lxx, 696pp, 94 maps and plans, a panorama, previous…£70.0
France. Southern France including Corsica. 1907
Issued c.1907. Description Fifth edition. xxviii, 578pp, 33 maps, 49 plans, previous owner's signature on endpapers; publisher's original red cloth, a very good copy with gilt lettering bright., published 1907 Bibliography Hinrichsen E125 Stock ID: 95843£50.0
Italy. First Part: Northern Italy, including Leghorn, Florence, Ravennaand routes through Switzerland and Austria.1906
Issued c.1911. Description Thirteenth edition. lxiv, 563pp, 30 maps and 40 plans; a near fine copy with gilt lettering bright., published 1906 Bibliography Hinrichsen E140 Stock ID: 95842£50.0
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.1922. Description Fourteenth edition. lxviii, 698pp, 36…£60.0
Great Britain. London and its environs 1900.
Issued c.1900. Description Twelfth edition, pp x, 451, street index, 44, 4 maps, 21 plans, bookseller's stamp to front endpaper, previous owner's inscription, front map repaired with tape, publisher's red cloth gilt; a good copy., published 1900. Bibliography Hinrichsen E207. Stock ID:…£60.0
Handbook for the the Rhine (South-western Germany and the Black Forest).1906
Description 8vo,(17 x 12 cm) viii, 268  blank pages, 80pp adverts, 5 maps and plans, publisher's red cloth gilt; a good firm copy., published 1906 Bibliography Stock ID: 95678£25.0
[COOK, Thomas and LUKE, Harry Charles]
Cooks – Jerusalem and Judea. reprinted from the travellers' handbook for Palestine and Syria1924
This guide reprinted from the Cook's Palestine and Syria published the same year was “”designed to meet the requirements of tourists who visit Jerusalem only for a day or two””. Description [First edition] 8vo (17 x 12 cms), 152pp including…£50.0
Handbook to Palestine, Syria & Iraq. Thoroughly revised and partially rewritten by Christopher Lumby.1934
This guide now includes Iraq. Description Sixth edition. 8vo, 296pp, 10 maps and plans, some folding and some coloured, some wear along the spine edges, publisher's red cloth gilt, slightly faded in parts; overall a very good copy., published 1934 Bibliography Stock…£60.0
Russia. Baedeker's Russia 1914.1971.
A rare Baedeker facsimile. All the maps and plans are reproduced in black and white. Description Reprint of 1914 edition. 8vo, lxiv, 590pp, 40 maps, 78 plans, publisher's red cloth, original red dust-jacket, slightly worn at edges ; overall a…£125.0
Italy. First Part: Northern Italy including Leghorn, Florence, Ravennna, and Routes through Switzerland and Austria.1899.
Issued c.1900 Description Eleventh edition. lxiv, 539pp, 25 maps and 35 plans, preliminary pages and general map detached, slight staining to a few pages, publisher's red cloth gilt,worn and faded; overall a good firm copy., published 1899. Bibliography Hinrichsen E138. Stock ID:…£40.0
Italy. Northern Italy including Ravenna, Florence, and Pisa. 1930
Last edition published in English and a very comprehensive volume with many maps and plans. Issued c. 1930 Description Fifteenth edition. lxxxii, 704pp, 45 maps, 59 plans and diagrams, a panorama, general map frayed at edge , publisher's red cloth…£80.0
Switzerland and the adjacent portions of Italy, Savoy, and Tyrol. 1911.
Issued c.1911. Description Twenty-fourth edition. xl , 593pp, 75 maps, 20 plans, 12 panoramas, publisher's red cloth gilt, original buff coloured dust-wrapper (torn in parts), a very good firm copy., published 1911. Bibliography Hinrichsen E90 Stock ID: 95615£40.0Search