Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, Publisher, 1911. First Printing. Decorative Cloth. First Edition, showing a snapshot of the countries bordering the Mediterranean sea at the start of the century. Small 8vo: xxxvi,607,pp, with 38 maps and 49 plans. Publisher's red flexible cloth stamped in blind and gilt, all edges marbled, silk page-makers. Baring light fading to spine, a Fine copy, covers bright, square, and tight, maps properly folded and free of tears. A complete and collectable copy of the only edition of this title, and the only Baedeker in English containing a description of Constantinople (25pp). This volume also covers the Black Sea and the Crimea. Hinrichsen E179. Fine-. Item #BB1380
¶ "The Romantic movement in Germany gave 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, 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.