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Portrait of Claudius Madrolle by Nadar

Claudius Madrolle (22 July 1870 – 16 June 1949) was a French explorer in Africa and Asia and editor of travel guides who specialized in the Far East.[1][2] Publishers included Comité de l'Asie Française, Hachette and the Société d'Éditions Géographiques, Maritimes et Coloniales. In 1902, thanks to this young and wealthy French explorer, was published the first of a serie of travel guides to the Far East. From the beginning, he designed his project to match the spirit of well-known guides such as Baedeker, Joanne or Murray. A collection indeed, as a total of 70 guides, 11 of them in English, were published between 1902 and 1939. This period, during which Far East countries were slowly embracing tourism, was also a period of considerable political and social turmoil. For Claudius Madrolle, these changes added serious hurdles to the completion of his project.


Cover of Madrolle's Northern China, 1912
  • Claudius Madrolle (1894). Notes d'un voyage en Afrique Occidentale (in French).
  • Claudius Madrolle (1895). En Guinee (in French).
  • Claudius Madrolle (1900). Hai-Nan (in French).
  • Claudius Madrolle (1902). Indo-Chine; Canal de Suez, Djibouti et Harar (in French).
  • Claudius Madrolle (c. 1904). Chine du Sud (in French).[3] (Index)
  • Claudius Madrolle (1916). Chine du Sud, Java, Japon (in French) (2nd ed.). Paris: Hachette – via Hathi Trust.
  • Claudius Madrolle (1907). Tonkin du sud; Hanoi (in French). Comite de l'Asie Francaise.
  • Claudius Madrolle (1912), Northern China, Paris: Hachette & Company, OCLC 8741409, archived from the original on 15 July 2008


  • Jean Malochet, 'Les Guides Madrolle 1902-1939, des guides français pour l'Extrême-Orient. Bibliographie commentée et illustrée'. Librairie les routes du globe. Paris. 2018. ISBN 9782956155607
  1. ^ "Madrolle, Claudius 1870-". WorldCat.
  2. ^ Catalogue général de la librairie française. 1903.
  3. ^ "Guides Madrolle". Bulletin Du Comitt́e de L'Asie Française. 1904.

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