Lot 3005: 2V Richard Ford A HANDBOOK FOR TRAVELLERS IN SPAIN 1869 Antique Travel Landmark Travel Guide Spanish History Fold-Out Maps
Lot 3005: 2V Richard Ford A HANDBOOK FOR TRAVELLERS IN SPAIN 1869 Antique Travel Landmark Travel Guide Spanish History Fold-Out Maps
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Title: A Handbook for Travellers in Spain
Author: Richard Ford
Publisher: John Murray
Printing Information: Other - see description
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: Richard Ford’s "A Handbook for Travellers in Spain" (1845) marked a defining moment in English travel literature.
British tourists were travelling through Europe in increasing numbers and the need for guidebooks was beginning to be supplied by publishers like John Murray. In 1845 Ford, who had gained tremendous knowledge of Spain by extensive travel on horseback, wrote this charming account enlivened by humour and anecdotes.
In Ford's obituary, commonly attributed to Sir William Stirling-Maxwell, "so great a literary achievement had never before been performed under so humble a title." Ford marked, with George Borrow the eccentric English traveller, an interest in Spain that would continue through the twentieth century on the part of British writers: Gerald Brenan, Norman Lewis and George Orwell were among the most eminent of these successors, with Jason Webster (the author of "Duende," "Andalus" and "Guerra") and Chris Stewart (the author of "Driving Over Lemons") being contemporary.
As of 1966 the book was still being reprinted.
In 1855 Richard Ford also wrote "Andalucia, Ronda and Granada, Murcia, Valencia, and Catalonia; the portions best suited for the invalid." (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Condition / Notes: This is a stated fourth edition of this landmark travel guide.
This antique set is bound in faded blind-stamped red cloth with stamped gilt lettering to the spines and front covers. The books show moderate external wear, with light soiling to the covers. The bindings are sound. A period signature appears at the top of the title pages. The pages display occasional light foxing. This work contains textual illustrations, a double-page map of Spain at the front of the first volume, a number of fold-out maps and a large folding map in a pocket at the rear of the first volume. This last map has very small tears at a number of the intersections of the folds. The text appears in double columns.
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