A Journey to Paris in the Year 1698

Price: 1,385.00 USD

London: Jacob Tonson, 1699. 8vo: [6],248pp, with 6 plates (3 folding) but without the 3pp. of advertisements bound in some copies. Early full calf, spine very richly gilt in five compartments divided by raised bands, red morocco lettering piece gilt. On the front paste appears the engraved armorial bookplate of John Rolle, Baron Rolle of Stevenstone (1750-1842). An excellent example, occasional toning, very sporadically scattered marginal foxing, else a clean, crisp copy in handsome period binding. Wing L2527. Third Edition (so stated), preceded by two editions of the same year. An account of the author's travels to Paris, overflowing with observations of natural history collections, estates and libraries of Parisian society and commentary on science, art, food, wine, medicine, and more. "Late in 1697, William Bentinck, Lord Portland, was sent on a diplomatic mission to Paris, and Lister accompanied him as physician. His duties left him ample time to meet and talk with other intellectuals, to see their collections and gardens, and to explore the city. He was there for six months and shortly after his return published A Journey to Paris in the Year 1698 (1699). The book ran to three editions within a year, but was lampooned by William King for its supposed triviality. In fact, it is a unique first-hand account of Parisian scientific society, and a useful description of the city and its life." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Early Reprint. Near Fine.


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