Murray's Handbooks for Travellers

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Portrait of publisher John Murray III, 19th century


Murray's Handbooks for Travellers were travel guide books published in London by John Murray beginning in 1836.[1] The series covered tourist destinations in Europe and parts of Asia and northern Africa. According to scholar James Buzard, the Murray style "exemplified the exhaustive rational planning that was as much an ideal of the emerging tourist industry as it was of British commercial and industrial organization generally."[2] The guidebooks became popular enough to appear in works of fiction such as Charles Lever's Dodd Family Abroad.[3] After 1915 the series continued as the Blue Guides and the familiar gold gilted red Murrays Handbooks published by John Murray London including the long running Handbook to India, Pakistan, Ceylon & Burma which concluded with the 21st edition in 1968 before changing from the original format of 1836 to a more modern paperback edition of 1975.



Cover of Handbook for Travellers in Turkey, 1871

List of Murray's Handbooks by date of publication[edit]

1830s[edit]

  • A Hand-book for Travellers on the Continent (2nd ed.), London: John Murray and Son, 1838, OCLC 2030550, OL 22881568M
  • A Hand-book for Travellers on the Continent (3rd ed.), London: J. Murray and Son, 1839, OL 23546118M

1840s[edit]

1850s[edit]

1860s[edit]

  • A Handbook for Travellers in Berks, Bucks, and Oxfordshire, London: J. Murray, 1860, OCLC 2099710, OL 6924857M
  • A Handbook for Travellers in South Wales, London: J. Murray, 1860, OCLC 2094865, OL 6924864M
  • A Handbook for Travellers in France (8th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1861, OL 24627024M
  • Handbook for Travellers in Ireland (2nd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1866, OCLC 2013636, OL 6936234M
  • A Handbook of Rome and its Environs (8th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1867, OCLC 4038432, OL 23302746M
  • A Handbook for Travellers in North Wales (3rd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1868, OCLC 2109683, OL 6924865M
  • Hand-book for Travellers in Russia, Poland, and Finland (2nd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1868, OL 23414674M
  • A Handbook for Travellers in Southern Italy (6th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1868, OL 23389358M
  • A Hand-book for Travellers on the Continent (16th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1868, OL 23423054M

1870s[edit]

  • Handbook for Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire .., London: J. Murray, 1870, OL 14010753M
  • Handbook for Shropshire, Cheshire and Lancashire, London: J. Murray, 1870, OCLC 2109674, OL 6924861M
  • A Handbook for Travellers on the Continent: Being a Guide to Holland, Belgium, Prussia, Northern Germany, and the Rhine from Holland to Switzerland (17th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1871, OCLC 5358857, OL 6936276M
  • Handbook to London as it is, London: J. Murray, 1871, OCLC 2157993, OL 6616496M
  • A Handbook for Travellers in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire .., London: J. Murray, 1872, OCLC 2167311, OL 6924859M
  • Handbook for Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire (2nd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1875, OCLC 2094145, OL 6924844M
  • Handbook for Travellers in Portugal (3rd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1875
  • Handbook for Travellers in Scotland (4th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1875, OCLC 4658476, OL 6933923M
  • Handbook for Travellers in Holland and Belgium (19th ed.), London: Murray, 1876, OCLC 221452961, OL 24606062M
  • James Thorne (1876), Handbook to the environs of London, London: John Murray, OL 16337277M
  • Handbook for England and Wales, London: J. Murray, 1878, OCLC 2167328, OL 6924856M
  • Handbook of the Madras Presidency (2nd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1879, OL 23389366M (Includes guide to Madras City)
  • Handbook for visitors to Paris, London: Murray, 1879, OL 24363358M
  • Handbook to London as it is, London: J. Murray, 1879, OL 24437368M

1880s[edit]

1890s[edit]

1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

List of Murray's Handbooks by geographic coverage[edit]

Algeria[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Egypt[edit]

France[edit]

  • Hand-book for Travellers in France (3rd ed.), London: Murray, 1848, OL 24506192M
  • A Handbook for Travellers in France (6th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1858, OCLC 6774411, OL 23378145M
  • A Handbook for Travellers in France (8th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1861, OL 24627024M + Index
  • Handbook for visitors to Paris, London: Murray, 1879, OL 24363358M

Germany[edit]

Great Britain[edit]

England[edit]

East Midlands region[edit]
  • Handbook for Travellers in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Staffordshire (3rd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1892, OCLC 2097091, OL 6924846M + Index
  • Handbook for Northamptonshire and Rutland (2nd ed.), London, Edwards Stanford, 1901.
East of England region[edit]
London region[edit]
North West England region[edit]
South East England region[edit]
South West England region[edit]
West Midlands region[edit]
Yorkshire and the Humber region[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Wales[edit]

Greece[edit]

  • A Hand-book for Travellers in the Ionian Islands, Greece, Turkey, Asia Minor, and Constantinople, London: J. Murray, 1840, OCLC 397597, OL 6952607M
  • A Hand-book for Travellers in the Ionian Islands, Greece, Turkey, Asia Minor, and Constantinople (2nd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1845, OCLC 397597, OL 6952607M + Index
  • Handbook for Travellers in Greece, London: J. Murray, 1854, OL 23389359M
  • Handbook for Travellers in Greece (4th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1872
  • R. Lambert Playfair (1882), Handbook to the Mediterranean (2nd revised ed.), London: John Murray Pt. 1
  • Handbook for Travellers in Greece (5th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1884, OCLC 2832159, OL 6949054M
  • Handbook for Travellers in Greece (7th ed.), London: Murray, 1900, OL 24368063M

India[edit]

Ireland[edit]

  • Handbook for Travellers in Ireland (2nd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1866, OCLC 2013636, OL 6936234M + Index
  • John Cooke (1906), Handbook for Travellers in Ireland (7th ed.), London: Edward Stanford, OL 24591180M + Index (Cover title: Murray's Handbook Ireland)

Italy[edit]

Japan[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Russia[edit]

Scandinavia[edit]

Spain[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Syria[edit]

Turkey[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rudy Koshar (July 1998). "'What Ought to Be Seen': Tourists' Guidebooks and National Identities in Modern Germany and Europe". Journal of Contemporary History. 33.
  2. ^ James Buzard (Autumn 1991). "The Uses of Romanticism: Byron and the Victorian Continental Tour". Victorian Studies. 35.
  3. ^ James Buzard (January 1993). "A Continent of Pictures: Reflections on the "Europe" of Nineteenth-Century Tourists". PMLA. 108.
  4. ^ Stevan K. Pavlowitch (June 1962). "Early Nineteenth-Century Serbia in the Eyes of British Travelers". Slavic Review. 21.
  5. ^ E. W. Gilbert (1945). "Richard Ford and His 'Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain'". Geographical Journal. 106 (3/4): 144–151. doi:10.2307/1789266. JSTOR 1789266.
  6. ^ J.R. Hale (2005), England and the Italian Renaissance (4th ed.), Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., ISBN 9780631233640, Francis Palgrave ... author of the first edition of Murray's Handbook for Travellers in North Italy
  7. ^ Peter H. Hansen (1995). "Albert Smith, the Alpine Club, and the Invention of Mountaineering in Mid-Victorian Britain". Journal of British Studies. 34 (3): 300–324. doi:10.1086/386080. JSTOR 175982.

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