Publisher: London: Richard Bentley, 1835.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert; Sadleir 3233; NCBEL III, 769; Robinson, page 197; ODNB.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; margins of the text slightly browned; very good copy.
Book ID: 27990
Description2 vols, 8vo, 19th century brown half calf, marbled paper boards and matching endpapers, red and green spine labels, gilt decorations and lettering. Engraved title-pages and 12 plates after drawings by Auguste Hervieu. With half-titles.
CommentsIn 1835 confident that her legitimacy as a travel writer was established with Domestic Manners of Americans (1832) and Belgium and Western Germany (1834), and with her reputation as a novelist growing, the adventurous Frances Trollope (1780-1863) took her family to Paris, to write a wide-ranging panorama about a city she loved: “I have journeyed half round the globe, but nothing I have met in all my wanderings has sufficed to damp the pleasure with which I enter again this gay, bright, noisy, restless city – this city of the living, as beyond all others it may be justly called.” In an epistolary, conversational format, Trollope writes about Parisians of all walks of life: the poor and the destitute, the highly cultured and fashionable, the literati and their salons, the police, etc., and intersperses it with anecdotes about revolutionaries, crime, punishment, theaters, museums, religious institutions, ad infinitum.