A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain, and Readers at Home: Volume 1

A Hand-Book for Travellers in Spain, and Readers at Home: Volume 1 : Describing the Country and Cities, the Natives and their Manners

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Targeted at both intrepid travellers and 'readers at home', this two-volume account of Spanish history, topography and culture by Richard Ford (1796-1858) combines the rigour of a gazetteer with the humour and pace of a private travel diary. First published in 1845, as part of John Murray's series of guidebooks, the work made an immediate impact upon the reading public, and it was celebrated in the press as the 'most comprehensive and accurate account of that country' hitherto produced. Through a series of hand-picked routes, readers encounter an array of landscapes and experiences as varied as coastal Cadiz, lively Barcelona, bull fights, beggars and pig farming. Opening with a guide to the country, its currency, 'gesticulations' and 'slang', Volume 1 leads the reader from Andalucia to Granada and on to Catalonia. The result is an engaging account that will be of interest to modern tourists and historians alike.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 1139096141
  • 9781139096140

Table of contents

Preface; Section I. Preliminary Remarks: 1. Public conveyances and steamers; 2. Skeleton tours; Section II. Andalucia: 3. Introductory information; 4. Manners; 5. Routes; Section III. Ronda and Granada: 6. Introductory sketch of the country and natives; 7. Routes; 8. Kingdom of Granada; Section IV. The Kingdom of Murcia: 9. General view of the country and its productions; 10. Routes; 11. Mines; Section V. Valencia: 12. General account of the country, natives, and agriculture; 13. Valencia; 14. Routes; Section VI. Catalonia: 15. Character of the country and natives; 16. Routes; 17. Barcelona and its history; Section VII. Estremadura: 18. General view of the province; 19. Badajoz; 20. Routes.
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