Alarm about alarmism

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Programmate le prossime vacanze, mentre vi godete queste.  Ecco 10 strane guide di viaggio, selezionate da Paul Collins su Slate.

Photo: no.2 from Keith Hern’s Kenyan photo diary, The Times. A Masai man on Shanzu beach.

“Baboons Are Simply Too Small for Leopard Bait”

The 10 oddest travel guides ever published.


“After five years’ travel,” veteran guidebook writer Geoff Crowther once recalled, “most of us went feral.” So did the books they wrote. Jammed into backpacks, ripped into pieces, guidebooks escape into the wild to get lost or abandoned for the next edition. Here are 10 that are so transfixingly odd that they’ve remained readable long beyond their original itineraries:

1. The Truth About Hunting in Today’s Africa, and How To Go on Safari for $690.00, by George Leonard Herter (1963)
Equal parts Hemingway and Cliff Clavin, mail-order hunting goods retailer George Herter was one of America’s great oddball writers. His self-published guide—bound in tiger-print cloth—is a malarial fever of anecdotes, family safari photos, and horrifying advice: “Baboons are simply too small for leopard bait. … A live dog is one of the best leopard baits.” Hunting with a phonograph of distressed goat calls is encouraged; so is the importation of animals: “Leopard farming would be far more profitable than mink farming,” he proposes. As the corpses of rhinos, lions, elephants—and one of their guides—pile up for more than 300 pages, Herter never misses a chance to sell his sporting goods with such photo captions as: “A Masai warrior admires a pair of Hudson Bay two point shoes.”

2. A Guide Through the District of the Lakes in the North of England, by William Wordsworth (5th edition, 1835)

3. Das Generalgouvernement, by Karl Baedeker (1943)

4. Fodor’s Indian America, by Jamake Highwater (1975)
Fodor’s one attempt to get down with the 1970s got them more than they bargained for. First, there’s the author: Jay Marks, a rock critic who, after claiming Indian ancestry, changed his name to Jamake Mamake Highwater. His book is as much a history and a personal essay as a travel guide.

5. Bollocks to Alton Towers by Robin Halstead, et al. (2006)
This lyrical look at British eccentricity covers such oddball attractions as a leech-operated barometer and the Cumberland Pencil Museum. Whether mourning the military-requisitioned village of Imber

6. Travel Guide of Negro Hotels and Guest Houses, by Afro-American Newspapers (1942)
Like The Negro Motorist Green-Book, the Travel Guide captures an era when African-Americans had to be mindful of where they vacationed. Alongside bucolic listings for shoreline getaways, the Manhattan listings are an urban time capsule: Small’s Paradise (“presenting Chock Full o’ Rhythm Revue, starring Tondelayo and Lopez”), the Savoy Ballroom, $1 rooms at the Hotel Crescent, and Bowman’s Most Ultra Bar and Cocktail Lounge over on 135th Street. The 1942 edition includes an exhortation to wartime travel—”Vacations for Victory. You can do your job better after recreation“—and to modern eyes is striking for what hotels emphasized in the early 1940s. There’s no TV, of course, and rarely any AC. So what’s the most common amenity promised in the hotel ads? “Hot and Cold Running Water.”

7. Lonely Planet Guide to Micronations, by John Ryan et al. (2006)

8. The Night Climbers of Cambridge, by “Whipplesnaith” (1937)

9. A Tramp Trip: How To See Europe on Fifty Cents a Day, by Lee Meriwether (1886)
One of the original college-dropout backpackers, Lee Meriwether figured out in 1886 how to travel across Europe on 50 cents a day: namely, by couch surfing (or, sometimes, pile-of-hay surfing). Half-starving worked pretty well, too. (…)  “I was lodged in jail, and the next morning brought before an officer of justice, and charged with the heinous crime of sleeping in the dead city of Pompeii.”

10. Overland to India and Australia, by the BIT Travel & Help Service (1970)