Leipzig: Karl Baedeker, Publisher, 1929. Early Reprint. Stamped Cloth. Twelfth Revised Edition, one of the rare uncorrected copies with the typo "togethep" on title page (most copies were corrected by hand in ink). Small 8vo (157 x 103mm): lxiv,518pp, with 86 maps and plans, two panoramas, and street index of Vienna. Publisher's red flexible cloth stamped in blind and gilt, all edges marbled. Fine: gilt lettering bright; bindings clean, square and tight; maps properly folded and free of tears. Hinrichsen E059 ("uncorrected versions are rare"). Fine. Item #BB1935
"In 1828, [Karl] Baedeker bought the rights to J. A. Klein's Rheinreise von Mainz bis Köln and, after Klein's death, 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.