Black’s Guide to Scotland: Picturesque Tourist Guide 1840
By (author) Adam Black; By (author) Charles Black
Facsimile edition of the famous Black’s Picturesque Tourist Guide of Scotland originally published in 1840. The Black’s Guide to travel is the star of the television series ‘Grand Tours of Scotland’ as used by Paul Murton. Starts with a description of Scotland, Edinburgh and Leith and the Environs of Edinburgh. The guide then describes Fourteen Tours of Scotland for the traveller, highlighting notable features the travellers may encounter. In the preface to the guide it states that ‘the author has contended himself with giving a plain and intelligible account of the scenery most worthy of the attention of strangers ‘ As well as the in-depth tours there are 21 detailed Itineraries and an index. There are also charts and scenic views from around Scotland at the time.
Adam Black founded his publishing business in 1807 in Edinburgh and was later joined by his nephew Charles. They are best known for publishing the 7th, 8th and 9th editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and acquiring the copyright of the Waverley novels. They first began publishing their travel guide books, Black’s Guides, in 1839, and the last edition of their Tourist’s Guide to Scotland was published in 1881.