St Petersburg 1
18 Feb 2014
There is a very nice-looking St. Petersburg und Umgebung 1 (1901) on eBay right now. I think it has been advertised before, but the price is not bad, if the book is as good as it looks.
Well worth a shufti...
An early non-Baedeker
15 Feb 2014
This book on eBay is not a Baedeker, but neither is it a "pseudo-Baedeker". It is Lewald's guide to Italy, from 1840 - it predates Baedeker's Italian guides, but it is interesting to see the similarities in style of printing, maps and plans etc.
The book looks in good order, but I suspect the binding is not original (the seller says it's "of the time").
11 Feb 2014
Another "pseudo-Baedeker" can be found on eBay at the moment. It is the "Wiener Baedeker. Wanderungen durch Wien und Umgebungen von B. Bucher und K. Weiss" - quite a nice book, and the copy now available looks in good condition, too.
I don't think I have actually seen one before. But it's not a real Baedeker.
Weimar und Jena
5 Feb 2014
Apologies for the recent lack of postings. A big launch is tying me up but that should soon be done. Meanwhile, there's a Weimar u. Jena (1932) to look at...
"Nord-Quest de la France"
13 Jan 2014
It's a funny mistake - at some point Alex Hinrichsen, the late great bibliographer of the Baedeker guides, misread the title of the French-language guides to Nord-Ouest and Sud-Ouest de la France (the Northwest and Southwest) and turned the O into a Q. This mistake can still be seen occasionally in descriptions of those guides. It is slightly strange because the O in the font used doesn't even look much like a Q. But it is true that the Oue- combination of letters isn't very common in French, whereas Que- is. Perhaps that is how the confusion first arose?
Anyway, it is a confusion. The French word for West is Ouest and obviously, it's exactly the same word, just with a different spelling.
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