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1. Introduction

The subject matter of guidebooks overlaps with that of the route manual, the itinerary, and the city guide. However, whereas earlier forms of route description were just that and no more, guidebooks focused on describing the places visited en route, and the sights to be seen there. Town guides, combined with itineraries, developed into practical travel aids from the late 16th century.

2. 17th and 18th centuries

One of the first German authors of works combining ro…

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Beyrer, Klaus, “Guidebook”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026456>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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