Talk To This Man, And To The Other Eleven, And They
Will Tell You That There Is Always A Sale For Guide-Books
- That The Supply Does Not Keep Pace With The Demand.
It may be
taken as a fact that most of the books of this kind published
during the last half-century - many millions of copies in the
aggregate - are still in existence and are valued possessions.
There is nothing to quarrel with in all this. As a people we
run about a great deal; and having curious minds we naturally
wish to know all there is to be known, or all that is
interesting to know, about the places we visit. Then, again,
our time as a rule being limited, we want the whole matter
- history, antiquities, places of interest in the neighbourhood,
etc. in a nutshell. The brief book serves its purpose well
enough; but it is not thrown away like the newspaper and the
magazines; however cheap and badly got up it may be, it is
taken home to serve another purpose, to be a help to memory,
and nobody can have it until its owner removes himself (but
not his possessions) from this planet; or until the broker
seizes his belongings, and guide-books, together with other
books, are disposed of in packages by the auctioneer.
In all this we see that guide-books are very important to us,
and that there is little or no fault to be found with them,
since even the worst give some guidance and enable us in
after times mentally to revisit distant places.
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