Journal Of A Tour And Residence In Great Britain, During The Years 1810 And 1811.

SIMOND, LOUIS.

£250.00

Publisher

Printed by James Ballantyne and Company; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London.

Place

Edinburgh

Date

1817

Synopsis

Volume first. volume second. second edition, corrected and enlarged: to which is added an appendix on france, written in december 1815, and october 1816.

Item Description

TWO VOLUMES. 8vo. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Volume First, xiv + [ii] + 508 pp.; Volume Second, [ii] + 530 pp. Half titles may have been removed by binder. Bound in contemporary green morocco, over marbled boards, gilt; spines in compartments with raised bands, decorated by gilt band with contrasting maroon morocco title labels, gilt. All edges marbled. Minor wear to extremities, edges faded and occasional scattered foxing, largely confined to margins; otherwise a very good clean copy in well preserved period binding. Early signatures at head of titles. Illustrated by by author, with five engraved plates, two folding tables and by wood engravings in text Travel diary of a visit to England, Wales and Scotland, with appendices on Ireland and the state of France, London occupying a considerable space in both volumes. In England the author visited the West Country, Liverpool, The Lakes, parts of Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the West Midlands, Oxford and Hampshire. The early industrial revolution was at its height and Simond describes coal mining in the area of Newcastle, lead mining in Derbyshire, the Birmingham industries and salt production in Cheshire. Apart from Leeds he ignores the textile districts of the north and north midlands and is not overly impressed by Sheffield, 'another steam-engine town,' although beautifully sited. Both Falmouth and York are stated to be 'old' and 'ugly,' the first factor seeming to lead to the second. Louis Simond (1767-1831), born in France, resided in New York as a merchant during the period 1790-1815, except for 1810-11 when he visited England 'at the zenith of that power which had enslaved the world' (Advertisement). Simond travelled with his English wife and as an amateur artist illustrated the book with his own work, notably the etchings of the Welsh and Scots in their native dress. The Journal, which first appeared in 1815, was originally written in English and also published in New York, before being translated into French for publication in France. The British tour was followed by accounts of travels in Switzerland and Italy and Sicily. (Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 21742.36).

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