Publisher: London: Printed for T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies, 1798.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T117774; Colbert. Neither ESTC or OCLC identifies the author.
Condition: Hinges and edges repaired; very good copy.
Book ID: 28141
Description8vo, contemporary calf, black morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Leaf of publisher's terminal advertisements.
CommentsIn the fall of 1796, Louise Elisa Beaumont (1751-1818) and her husband Jean-François Albanis Beaumont set about to move from England to his native Switzerland to begin a new life, and in the process traveled through France for several months, which she wrote about in 31 letters to a recipient identified only as “A Lady of Fashion.” Beaumont’s interest was in the condition of France in the aftermath of the Revolution - “the earthquake on society” – not on the travel itself, the details of which are an insignificant part of the narrative. She engagingly documents the consequences of the Revolution on French cultural, political and educational institutions and on the day-to-day life of ordinary French citizens. In the final letter she summarizes her reflections on the state of French politics, religion, agriculture, commerce and finances. Like Ann Radcliffe, Helen Maria Williams, Rachel Charlotte Biggs and Mary Wollstonecraft before her, Beaumont’s narrative is written in a fine conversational, journalistic style.