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The hermit in Italy, or observations on the manners and customs of Italy.

Villemarest, Charles Maxime Catherinet de.

Published by Geo. B. Whittaker, London, 1825
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First English edition of L?Hermite en Italie, a sequel to Etienne de Jouy?s L?Hermite de la Chauss?e d?Antin, ou observations sur les m?urs et les usages fran?ais. These engaging vignettes of travel experiences throughout Italy are interspersed with historical digressions as well as with personal anecdotes. A fourth volume later appeared in the original French, but was not yet available to be translated as part of this edition. Many sources, including OCLC, attribute this work to de Jouy himself, but the Monthly Review of May, 1825, admits that the ?similarity of title, of decorum, of form, and of manner,? as well as the title-page?s claim that this is a continuation of de Jouy?s work, all misled their reviewer and a number of others into that incorrect and much-perpetuated citation. The travelogue has more recently been attributed to Louet de Chaumont, among others, while Barbier and Qu?rard suggest that it may have been compiled by de Villemarest from de Chaumont?s notes and manuscripts. 12mo (19.9 cm, 7.9"). 3 vols. I: vii, [1], 267, [1 (blank)] pp. II: [4], 281, [1 (blank)] pp. III: [4], 295, [1 (blank)] pp. NSTC 2H18614. Publisher?s plain paper-covered boards, sometime rebacked with speckled paper and old printed paper labels laid on, the set now in a recent case with sides covered in blue cloth and speckled paper; extremities rubbed, covers with spots of discoloration, retained spine labels chipped and darkened. Front pastedowns each with institutional bookplate (no other markings). Hinges (inside) reinforced some time ago. Vol. II with one signature separated. Pages untrimmed and clean save for scattered small spots of foxing. A strong, agreeable set. Bookseller Inventory # 20256

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Publisher: Geo. B. Whittaker, London

Publication Date: 1825

Edition: 1st Edition

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