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Hare, R. (b. 1752)

Publication Date: 1770
Used Condition: poor Hardcover
From Xerxes Fine and Rare Books and Documents (Glen Head, NY, U.S.A.)

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Diary is 7 x 4-3/4 inches. Full limp leather. Diary is 30 pages plus 9 pages of notes (?) and 1 page of scribble. A blotter sheet is bound in between each page. Diary begins "On Saturday the 27th of Jan'y 1770 set out from London by Dover Stage." By January 31st Hare is in Paris. "The city of Paris appeared to me by no means equal in point of form & elegance to that of London. " He then makes several interesting observations about Paris : "The streets are very dirty in general, very narrow, and as there are always in the streets a great number of carriages and no foot ways or posts, it is generally extremely dangerous to walk in Paris." Most of the diary is a listing of about 25 specific places of interest in Paris which he recommends others should visit , spending about 1 page describing the special attractions of each location: Hotel des Invalides, Gobelins Tapestry Factory, Jardin due Roi ("Well worth the inspection of Botanists, there is within the Gardin a closet filled with natural curiousities, shells, insects, pretrifactions of fossils, etc. which well deserve the attention of the Curious.") Carmelite Church, Notre Dame, St. Sulpice, Jesuit Church, Sorbonne (which has "one of the most curious pieces of sculpture in France" that of Cardinal Richelieu which he then describes in some detail) St. Genevieve, St. Germain de Pres, Observatory, Palais du Luxembourg, and so on. Hare mentions in the diary that he is 18 years old which would make his birth year 1752 . He sounds like a happy financially well- off young man "After having dined, we were invited to a Masquerade, which afforded us very poor entertaiment, none but men being present." Robert Hare of Pennsylvania was born in England in 1752 (died 1811), the 3rd son of well-to-do parents. He emigrated to America in 1773, later becoming a Member of the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, a Pennsylvania State Senator and a trustee of the College and Academy of Philadelphia. From the level of education and intelligence in the entries and as the diary was found here in America, it is certainly quite possible that this diary was written by the same Robert Hare. Good, writing is messy with crossouts and additions but still quite legible. Cover is worn but binding is secure. Bookseller Inventory # a87438

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Publication Date: 1770

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:poor

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