Purchased from Myers, January 1952. In French. Binding: full calf.
Manuscript, in a single hand with numerous corrections, of a collection of 15 letters describing life in England, translated into French, possibly from German. The letters discuss English lotteries; the proliferation of newspapers; the constitution and the difficulty of reconciling ideology with practice; Parliamentary elections; literary societies; and the nobility. One letter describes and deplores the cruelty of amusements such as hunting, cock-fighting, and "combats des gladiateurs"; another letter mocks an English law against the illegal wearing of buttons. A letter dated December 14, 1790 discusses the possibility of the abolition of the slave trade; the author declares it is the most talked-of subject of conversation and expresses his astonishment that the trade still exists. The letters are followed by a lengthy essay explaining the Women's March on Versailles on October 5-6, 1789. The volume is prefaced by a note by the translator, who criticizes the motives of many travel writers; says that he was drawn to this letter-writer for his curiosity and interest in humanity; and explains that the writer published two volumes, the first of letters written in Paris and Versailles during the revolution in 1789, and the second of letters in England.
Cockfighting--Great Britain--Early works to 1800. Elections--Great Britain. Hunting--Great Britain. Lotteries--Great Britain--Early works to 1800. Newspapers--Great Britain. Nobility--Great Britain. Slave trade--Great Britain. Travelers' writings, French.
England--Description and travel. France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799--Women. Great Britain--Intellectual life--18th century. Great Britain--Politics and government--1789-1820. Great Britain--Social life and customs--18th century. Versailles (France)--History--Revolution, 1789-1799.
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier,--marquis de,--1757-1834. Louis--XVI,--King of France,--1754-1793. Necker, Jacques,--1732-1804.
English French German
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