ihe chief object of the Handbook i'or South-Western France,
which has been re-arranged and expanded from the Handbook for
Southern France and corresponds with the flfth French édition, is
to render the traveller as nearly as possible hidependent of the serv¬
ices of guides, commissionnaires, and inn-keepers, and to enable
him to employ his time and his money to the best advantage.
Like the Editor's other Handbooks, it is based on personal
acquaintance with the country described, which has been specially
re-visited with the view of assuring accuracy and freshness of
information. For the improvement of this work the Editor confldently
looks forward to a continuance of those valuable corrections and
suggestions with which travellers hâve been in the habit of favouring
him, and for which he owes them a deep debt of gratitude.
The contents of the Handbook are divided into Thbee Sections
(I. South - Western France from the Loire to the Pyrénées • II. The
Pyrénées; III. Central France, Auvergne, and the Cévennes), each
of which may be separately removed from the book by the traveller
who desires to minimise the bulk of his luggage. To each section
is preflxed a list of the routes it contains, so that each forms an
approximately complète volume apart from the gênerai table of
On the Maps and Plans the utmost care has been bestowed,
and it is hoped that they will often be of material service to the
traveller, enabling him at a glance to ascertain his bearings and
sélect the best routes.
Heights and Distances are given in English measurement.
It may, however, be convenient to remember that 1 kilomètre is