Publisher: London: W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1833.
Edition: First and only edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert; Robinson, page 196.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; very good, untrimmed copy.
Book ID: 28305
Description8vo, modern brown paper spine, orange-brown paper boards and printed paper label, untrimmed. Frontis and three plates. With half-title.
CommentsOne of three European travel narratives by Elizabeth Strutt (circa 1785-1867), a prolific novelist, whose publishers included the Minerva Press. Her travel writings were representative of the new class of cultural tourists, who descended on Europe as travel became less arduous and perilous. She was accompanied by her husband, landscape artist and etcher Jacob George Strutt (1784-1867). The four handsome etchings in this work of views from the Loire River are not signed, but are certainly by him. Her travelogue is a day-by-day rendering of her impressions of the people and places they encountered as they traveled down France’s longest river, through some of its most scenic country and famous wine districts. They had lengthy stays in many towns and chateaux and visited libraries, museums, private collections, convents and monasteries, all of which Strutt writes about with the flare of a good prose stylist.