Charles McKean, Edinburgh: An Illustrated Architectural Guide.

Small enough to fit into a pocket or handbag yet full of information about Edinburgh's development and its buildings. Inexplicably out-of-print but available second-hand.


Colin McWilliam, David Walker & John Gifford, The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh.

The authoritative (and heavyweight) architectural guide and history.


Hamish Coghill, Lost Edinburgh.

A history of the development of Edinburgh through the buildings that are no more.