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.


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Cover of Handbook for Travellers in Turkey, 1871

List of Murray's Handbooks by date of publication










List of Murray's Handbooks by geographic coverage






Great Britain


East Midlands region
  • 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
London region
North West England region
  • Handbook for Lancashire, London: J. Murray, 1880, OCLC   2167424, OL   6924853M
  • Handbook for Westmorland, Cumberland, and the lakes (2nd ed.), London: J. Murray, 1869, OCLC   5358890
South East England region
South West England region
West Midlands region
Yorkshire and the Humber region


  • Handbook for Travellers in Scotland (4th ed.), London: J. Murray, 1875, OCLC   4658476, OL   6933923M














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