Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, Publisher, 1904. Cloth. A complete two-volume set (each volume issued separately) for the traveler wanting a handy panoramic survey of the entire country, in matching bindings. Publisher's red flexible cloth stamped in blind and gilt, with all edges marbled. Northern: Fourteenth Revised Edition. xxxviii, 395pp, with 49 maps and 75 plans. A superb copy with bright gilt lettering, 2 ribbon page-makers (both detached and laid in) and lightly faded and soiled marbled edges; cloth covers clean, unfaded, square and tight, maps properly folded and free of tears. Southern: Eleventh Revised Edition. xxx,364pp, with 36 maps and 45 plans (many folding and in color). green silk page-maker. A superb copy with bright gilt lettering and richly marbled edges; binding bright, square, and tight; maps properly folded and free of tears (one repaired archivally on verso). Hinrichsen E028. Hinrichsen E042. Fine. Item #BB0467
"The Romantic movement in Germany had given a new impetus to travel . . . In 1828 Baedeker bought the rights to J. A. Klein's Rheinreise von Mainz bis Köln and, after the death of the author, Baedeker himself revised and updated the work, recreating it for a new market. Using his own travel experiences he guided the tourist to the principal attractions in each place, saving travellers the expense of hiring their own guide. He thus created a new type of guidebook, which was widely copied throughout Europe and opened up tourism to a new class of visitor. The reliability of the information was ensured by annual journeys by Baedeker himself and by reference to respected published sources and expert scholars. . . . For the serious tourist a Baedeker was indispensable, its tone, especially with respect to southern Europeans, assuring northerners of their superiority, and suggesting ways of avoiding dangers. When Lucy Honeychurch finds herself ‘In Santa Croce with no Baedeker’ in E. M. Forster's A Room with a View (1908) she is entirely lost." (ODNB) Note: With few exceptions (always noted), we only stock Baedekers in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene wrappers.