We are probably all familiar with travel guide books such as Lonely Planet, Fodors etc. Did you know that back in the 1800s there was already such guides? In 1861, the venerable German publishing house Baedeker begun publishing what would be a line of guide books in German and English.Thus it was so surprising that its 1897 guide of Paris is still as relevant today as it was published almost 120 years ago!
Well almost, as there has certainly been SOME changes to the “most romantic city” in the world. Isn’t that what draws people to the city? That you can still see, smell, hear and feel the charms of the streets as you sit in a cafe just watching people. We recall that it seemed like that each time we walked past a cafe in Paris. Boring people.
Old, yes. Usable, yes mostly and the “important” sections to us anyway.
You might know that collecting vintage books and maps is one of the likes of Mel. His first vintage book was a primer on the history of the Habsburg and the Bourbons, dynastic masters of Europe for centuries.
And travel guides? We have plenty, though not of the antique pedigree. Perhaps some of those in our humble collection goes back to the late 1990s. Call that vintage…would really like to get our hands on a really old print like the ones pictured.