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Portable Paradise: Baedeker, Murray and the Victorian Guidebook

Author: KEATES JONATHAN
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 160
Pub Date: 28/04/2011
ISBN: 9781907903021
Availability: In stock
Quick overview Generations of English tourists have been dependent on travel guides, whether for information on art history, or for practical advice. Keates's lively cultural history of the guide-book, based on his own unparalleled collection, shows that the Englishman has always revealed most about himself when he is abroad.
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Jonathan Keates's passion for collecting historic guidebooks has resulted in a beguiling work of cultural archaeology, which explores the experience of travel for the British before the First World War. Unlike Lucy Honeychurch in E.M.Forster's A Room with a View, he revels in Baedeker, Murray and other Victorian examples, taking us on a poignant, funny and often revealing tour through this undiscovered genre.

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