A lively travel narrative and one of the premier examples of early "stream-of-consciousness" technique .
Laurence Sterne (1713 – 1768) was an Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He wrote the novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, and also published many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics.
In 1762 in an effort to find a climate that would improve his weak health; Sterne was lucky to attach himself to a diplomatic party bound for Turin, while England and France were still adversaries in the Seven Years' War. Sterne was gratified by his reception in France where reports of the genius of Tristram Shandy had made him a celebrity. Aspects of this trip to France were incorporated into Sterne's second novel, presented here: A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy.
The illustrator Thomas Rowlandson was an English artist and caricaturist. Rowlandson's designs were usually done in outline with the reed-pen, and delicately washed with color. They were then etched by the artist on the copper, and afterwards aquatinted—usually by a professional engraver, the impressions being finally colored by hand.
As a designer he was characterized by his facility and ease of draughtsmanship. His most artistic work is to be found among the more careful drawings of his earlier period; but even among the exaggerated caricature of his later time we find hints that this master of the humorous might have attained to the beautiful had he so willed.
Early, "New" Edition. 1st Edition Thus with Rowlandson plates. Two colored, full-color caricature plates by Rowlandson.12mo; xii, 179,  pages,  leaves of plates: illustrations; 16 embellished with two hand-colored caricature prints, by Rowlandson.
Red calf, gilt ruled, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, raised bands. Marbled endpages, All edges gilt. Bindings tight and square. Text clean, Moderate even toning. Modest handling wear. Spine aged; small part of spine label lacking. Faint front hinge repair with Scotch tape. Top spine band rubbed. Two pencil notations on free endpages probably by a bookseller from along the way. Printed by Hazard and Certhew, Beech Street, Barbicon.
REF: Allibone, 2242 - 3; Lowndes, 2509.
Title: A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy
Illustrator: Two colored, full-color caricature plates by Rowlandson.
Edition: Early, "New" Edition. 1st Edition Thus with Rowlandson plates.
Publisher: London:, Thomas Tegg,: 1809
Book Condition: Very Good
Size: 12mo; xii, 179,  pages,  leaves of plates
Seller ID: 006232
Keywords: France -- Social life and customs -- 17th century; France -- Social life and customs -- 18th century; Italy -- Social life and customs -- 17th century; Italy -- Social life and customs -- 18th century,