Next Article in Journal
Rorty, Williams, and Davidson: Skepticism and Metaepistemology
Previous Article in Journal
Contingency, Irony and Morality: A Critical Review of Rorty’s Notion of the Liberal Utopia
Previous Article in Special Issue
Inquiring into Red/Red Inquiring
Open AccessArticle

Tales of Two Cities: Architecture, Print and Early Guidebooks to Paris and London

Department of Art History, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK
Humanities 2013, 2(3), 328-350; https://doi.org/10.3390/h2030328
Received: 19 April 2013 / Revised: 26 June 2013 / Accepted: 26 June 2013 / Published: 5 July 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Art and Words)
This pioneering paper is the first to consider the contribution of a new type of urban literature to perceptions and portrayals of the city in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It focuses on London and Parisian guidebooks, a genre that has been little studied to date, particularly those of: Germaine Brice, Description nouvelle de ce qui’il ya de plus remarquable dans la Ville de Paris (1684); F. Colsoni, Le Guide de Londres (1693); and Edward Hatton, A New View of London (1708). The article is the first to establish the significance of language primers as source for tourist guidebooks and the prevalence of lexicographers among those producing them. It examines the modern type of non-antiquarian urban guidebook as part of the new urban consumer culture. It also explores the genre’s contribution to a novel form in the writing and understanding of the city in the period focussed on the contemporary and the experiential, rather than the traditional orientation towards the historical and the monumental. View Full-Text
Keywords: London; Paris; architecture; urbanism; literature; guidebooks; tourism; seventeenth century; eighteenth century London; Paris; architecture; urbanism; literature; guidebooks; tourism; seventeenth century; eighteenth century
MDPI and ACS Style

McKellar, E. Tales of Two Cities: Architecture, Print and Early Guidebooks to Paris and London. Humanities 2013, 2, 328-350.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Only visits after 24 November 2015 are recorded.
Back to TopTop