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

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

by Richard Ford
 

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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

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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. Starting in the Kingdom of Leon, and again using a series of hand-picked routes, Volume 2 leads readers to the pilgrim shrine of Santiago de Compostela and through Galicia and the Basque provinces, introducing them to castles, universities, art collections and the 'inhospitality of Madrid'. The result is an engaging account that will be of interest to modern tourists and historians alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108037549
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2011
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Europe Series
Pages:
522
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Ford, a novelist and short story writer, is best known for a trilogy of prize-winning books featuring Frank Bascombe, a middle-aged Everyman from suburban New Jersey. Independence Day, the second Bascombe novel, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen Faulkner Award. Canada, a more recent bestseller that inhabits the consciousness of a fragile teenager after his family implodes, is another quiet masterpiece from one of America’s most acclaimed writers.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 16, 1944
Place of Birth:
Jackson, Mississippi
Education:
B.A., Michigan State University, 1966; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1970

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