(London: Effingham Wilson, 1836). 165 x 108 mm. (6 1/2 x 4 1/4"). viii, 254 pp.,  leaf. Second Edition.
Contemporary or slightly later polished calf, ornamental gilt border on covers and turn-ins, raised bands, spine compartments featuring central floral lozenges and corner scrolls, burgundy spine label, all edges gilt. WITH A PLEASING FORE-EDGE PAINTING SHOWING A LOIRE CHATEAU and surrounding estate in a forest setting. Frontispiece showing St. Florent on the Loire. Front pastedown with the bookplate of Dudley C. Marjoribanks, and with an inscription on preliminary page in his hand saying that this volume was given to him by someone from Inverness (whose name is illegible here) on the presumption that Dudley was a relative of the author. Joints cracked (rear joint not serious, front joint deeper, with the upper cover slightly wobbly), corners bumped, frontispiece and first few leaves lightly foxed, additional very minor defects internally, otherwise an excellent copy, with the covers and the painting quite bright.
Written by a popular author of travel books, this work has an extended title indicating that the tour to the Loire must have prompted considerable pondering, because the book is "interspersed with novel and interesting remarks, addressed to the judgment, not to the prejudices of mankind." The painting, which is probably 20th century, is representational without being realistic, adding to the charm of the piece. The scene has a touch of fancy to it, with the chateau and the forest looking almost the way they might appear in a children's book. (ST14310c)
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PJP Catalog: 74.193