Don't you just hate it when...
5 May 2013
....you make a search on eBay for "Baedeker" and it comes up with 150 new hits, practically all of which are from some vandal cutting up old guides and selling the maps and plans separately?
(OK, I will admit - sometimes this is a good way of preserving a very interesting aspect of old Baedekers, when the binding and the rest of the book are beyond repair.)
Meanwhile, there is a good collection of German travel guides here. Not many Baedekers but an interesting lot for collectors of travel guides in general.
An old board game
15 Apr 2013
Here is something amusing: an antique board game with a Baedeker theme. Unfortunately, the contents are far from complete, missing both the actual board as well as markers (and presumably also instructions).
Nonetheless, it's a fun idea - one could easily imagine several ways in which this concept could be turned into a family game. Please send me your thoughts - the best ones will be published...
Early Manual of Conversations
13 Apr 2013
There is a Manual of Conversations 2 (1840) on eBay, in reasonable state considering its age. No high starting price, well worth a look.
New catalogue from Unterwegs
25 Mar 2013
The Spring 2013 catalogue of travel guides from Baedeker specialists Unterwegs, of Berlin, is now available for download at www.berlinbook.com/index.php?id=12.
St. Petersburg 2
20 Mar 2013
Well, now there is something quite rare on eBay: a St. Petersburg und Umgebung 2 (1913). Pity it's not the even rarer first edition, but still, well worth a look. The same seller also has an Indien for sale - but that's almost common compared to the St. P.
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