Cook's Travellers Handbooks

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Cook's Handbook to Norway and Denmark, 1907

Cook's Tourists' Handbooks were a series of travel guide books for tourists published in the 19th-20th centuries by Thomas Cook & Son of London. The firm's founder, Thomas Cook, produced his first handbook to England the 1840s, later expanding to Europe, Near East, North Africa, and beyond. Compared with other guides such as Murray's, Cook's aimed at "a broader and less sophisticated middle-class audience."[1] The books served to advertise Cook's larger business of organizing travel tours.[1] The series continues today as Traveller Guides issued by Thomas Cook Publishing of Peterborough, England.[2]

List of Cook's travel guides by geographic coverage[edit]


  • Cook's Tourist's Handbook for Holland, Belgium, and the Rhine, London: T. Cook & Son, 1874
  • Traveller's Handbook for Belgium and the Ardennes, London: T. Cook & Son, 1911




Great Britain[edit]




New Zealand[edit]

North Africa[edit]

Palestine and Syria[edit]

  • Cook's Tourists' Handbook to Palestine and Syria 1876 edition





See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rudy Koshar (July 1998). "'What Ought to Be Seen': Tourists' Guidebooks and National Identities in Modern Germany and Europe". Journal of Contemporary History. 33. JSTOR 261119.
  2. ^ "Traveller Guides". Peterborough, England: Thomas Cook Publishing/Thomas Cook Tour Operations Ltd. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Guide Books (advertisement)", Cook's Tourist's Handbook for the Rhine, 1906
  4. ^ W. Fraser Rae (1891), The Business of Travel: a Fifty Years' Record of Progress, London: T. Cook and Son, Banquet to commemorate the fiftieth year of the business of Thomas Cook & Son, at the Hôtel Métropole, July 22nd, 1891
  5. ^ Jack Simmons (1984). "Railways, Hotels, and Tourism in Great Britain 1839-1914". Journal of Contemporary History. 19. JSTOR 260593.
  6. ^ Alexander H. Japp (1892), "Thomas Cook & Son", Successful Business-Men, London: J.S. Virtue & Co.
  7. ^ "Book Department", Bulletin of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, July 1907
  8. ^ "Cook's Travellers' Handbooks (advertisement)", Cook's Handbook to Naples, 1922

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