The following is a very brief list of recent and easily accessible
English books on Paris, which will be found useful supplements
to this Handbook.
The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, by B. E. and C. M.
Martin (2 vols., illustrated; London, 1900).
Historical Guide to Paris, by Grant Allen (London, 1898).
Paris, by Augustus J. C. Hare (2 vols.; 2nd ed., London, 1900).
Days near Paris, by Aug. J. C. Hare (London, 1887).
Memorable Paris Houses, by Wilmot Harrison (illus.; London,
An Englishman in Paris (London, 1892).
Some Memories of Paris, by F. Adolphus (Edinburgh, 1895).
Paris, by Hilaire Belloc (London, 1900/
The Life of Paris, by Richard Whiteing (London, 1900).
Were and How to Dine in Paris, by Rowland Strong (London, 1900).
Old and New Paris, by H. Sutherland Edwards (2 vols.; illus.;
Paris in Old and Present Times, by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (folio,
illus.; London, 1885).
The Manual of French Law, by H. Cleveland Coxe, is an alpha¬
betical handbook to French law as it affects foreigners.
The 'Annuaire Statistique de la Ville de Paris' and 'Hachette's
Almanac' will often be found of service.
VII. Remarks on Northern France.
The majority of visitors to Paris will find comparatively little to
interest them in the provinces of Northern France. The scenery is
seldom so attractive as to induce a prolonged stay, while the
towns are mere repetitions of the metropolis on a small scale.
The modern taste for improvement, 'which has been so strongly
developed and so magnificently gratified in Paris, has also mani¬
fested itself in the provincial towns. Broad and straight streets
with attractive shop-windows are rapidly superseding old and
crooked lanes; whole quarters of towns are being demolished, and
large, regular squares taking their place; while the ramparts of
ancient fortifications have been converted into boulevards, faintly
resembling those at Paris. Admirably adapted as these utilitarian
changes doubtless are to the requirements of the age, it cannot
but be deeply regretted that the few characteristic remnants of
antiquity which survived the storms of the wars of the Huguenots
and the great Revolution, and have hitherto resisted the mighty
centralising influence of the metropolis, are now rapidly vanishing.