Writing the New Urbanism: Architecture and Guidebooks to London and Paris, c.1650-1730

McKellar, Elizabeth (2016). Writing the New Urbanism: Architecture and Guidebooks to London and Paris, c.1650-1730. In: Arnold, Dana and Cohen, Jean-Louis eds. Paris-Londres. Paris: INHA & Infolio, pp. 15–69.

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This pioneering chapter explores the first guidebooks to London written for and by foreign as well as native visitors. It examines guidebooks from their inception in the mid-seventeenth century and argues that they developed into a dynamic, modern form of imaging the city, in contrast to the more conservative antiquarian urban histories. It explores the close links between guidebooks and linguistic and conduct guides in their European context. It also considers the impact of popular print culture on modes of looking at and writing about architecture for increasingly diverse and non-connoisseurial audiences.

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