Long before Fodor's or Zagat, the most 'amusing and readable' travel guide came from Ward Lock. A London-based publishing house operating from 1854 to 1964, the Ward Lock name is as important in the history of British publishing as Oxford University Press.
Authentic Ward Lock books offer so much more than just travel advice, however. Options range from the aforementioned 'Red Guides' to 'Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management', and provide an authentic British reading experience that modern books cannot recreate.