Travels through Germany, in a series of letters; written in German by the Baron Riesbeck, and translated by the Rev. Mr. Maty, late Secretary to the ... Librarian to the British Museum Volume 3

 
9781150976667: Travels through Germany, in a series of letters; written in German by the Baron Riesbeck, and translated by the Rev. Mr. Maty, late Secretary to the ... Librarian to the British Museum Volume 3

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ...is the only imperial city which keeps up all its priftine fplendour. Whilft Nurenberg,.Augfburg, and feveral others about it, are going to decay, it continues to thrive and to improve. The outfides of the houfes are very Tplendid, and the ftyle of the architecture fhews that the inhabitants know how to lay out their money with tafte. There are about thirty inhabitants in the 'place who are worth a million of livres; and you,,i. 144. ' 1 may name above thirty Calviniftical houfes, who have thirty thoufand guilders. The number of very rich Catholics and Lutherans, is not lefs: fo that in all, there may be about two hundred houfes who have incomes of one hundred thoufand guilders, and above. There is a high appearance of affluence throughout. The furniture of their houfes, their gardens, equipage, drefs, and female ornaments, every thing, in fhort, befpeaks a ftate above the ordinary citizen, and which approaches the extreme of magnificence.. The trade of Francfort is extremely hurtful to Germany. According to the accounts given me by a very underftanding merchant of this, place, the exports of German commodities by t;his channel, hardly amount to a tenth of the imports from France, Holland, Italy, and other countries. The former confift of iron and other rough or worked metals, (which are exported moftly into France and Holland) of wine, linen, and other infignificant articles. The latter, on the contrary, are made up of all kinds of fpices, female ornaments, handkerchiefs, filks, and, in Ihort, all the expenfive articles of luxury furnifhed by Italy, France, and Holland. In a word, Francfort is the great ft/it.. t canal;.;.) Ten thoufand pounds. canal by which the gold of the empire runs out. The lofs which this place brings on the countries about...

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