STERNE, LAURENCE. (BINDINGS - HARCOURT BINDERY).
A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY.(London: Navarre Society, 1926]). 181 x 114 mm (7 1/8 x 4 1/2"). 2 p.l. (including the frontispiece), 147 pp. ONE OF 2000 COPIES.
VERY FINE BURGUNDY MOROCCO, HANDSOMELY GILT AND ONLAID, BY THE HARCOURT BINDERY OF BOSTON (stamp-signed on front flyleaf), boards with triple fillet border, EACH COVER WITH AN ELABORATE HERALDIC FRAME OF GILT AND ONLAID GREEN MOROCCO around an empty oval, raised bands, very pretty gilt spine compartments featuring looping tendril frame enclosing a charming flower centerpiece, densely gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Frontispiece by George Cruikshank. A VERY FINE COPY, the bindings especially bright, and the text with virtually no signs of use.
This is a major work in the Sterne canon and is still satisfying to read. In 1762, Sterne's poor health forced him to leave England for France and Italy. Upon his return to London in 1766, he had the gratifying experience of being treated like a literary lion, and he was greeted in the same way when he later revisited Paris. The present work is the literary product of those travels. (ST11047c)