This volume is one of a series of travel guide books published by Adam & Charles Black in Edinburgh, the first appearing in 1839. Black's Guides were written in a style tending towards the "colloquial, with fewer cultural pretensions" in comparison with its leading competitor Baedeker Guides. 'Austria-Hungary' appeared as the fifth in the series, after 'England', 'France', 'Italy' and 'Switzerland' (though within these general headings, many guides to specific areas of the countries were also issued).
The book is in generally good condition for its age, bound in red cloth with an embossed border, impressed Austrian Eagle motif, and the title in gilt on the front cover. Titles etc and a similar border also on the spine (which is much darkened). No dust-jacket (?as issued). All edges and angles are faded, there is one small stain on the back cover, and a general grubbiness to be expected in a book of this age. The binding is generally good, but there is weakness (mesh visible) at both the front and rear of the book block, and some shelf wear (top & bottom of spine, all corners bumped). Inside, the endpapers and half-title pages are badly browned, and there is some bleeding of red dye on the fixed endpapers, but the internal pages are generally bright and clean, and the whole is illustrated with 32 lovely colour plates by various artists, including Adrian Stokes. A small brown stain marks the edges of the final few pages. The fold-out map is present and intact at the back of the book. A nice copy with only minor defects.