PIOZZI, HESTER LYNCH [THRALE] 2 vols, 8vo, contemporary red half calf, blue paper boards, marbled endpapers, green leather spine labels, gilt rules and lettering. Six pages of publisher's advertisements in volume two. In 1784 Hester Lynch Thrale (1741-1821), the famous friend and confidante of Samuel Johnson, married an Italian musician, Gabriel Mario Piozzi, and they soon set off for Europe, where they traveled for three years, which she artfully chronicled in one of the most entertaining accounts of the Grand Tour. Written in an informal conversational style, Observations and Reflections is "alive with present-tense immediacy, to erode the barriers between diary and travel narrative. Her delight in Piozzi and in Italy was everywhere apparent in the materials she included in this development of the genre, which subverted masculine tropes of the grand tourist as disillusioned and hard to please" - ODNB. Piozzi's work became a model for other women travel writers and a source for authors like Ann Radcliffe in her novel The Mysteries of Udolpho. Bookplate of Charles Langton Massingberd on the front paste-downs, below which is the bookplate of American author Larry McMurtry. This is a duplicate from his collection of books by women travelers. Edges and boards a little worn; light foxing to the prelims; very good copy. ESTC T71718; Rothschild 1551; Pine-Coffin 784-5; Robinson, Wayward Women, page 243
[IRVING, WASHINGTON] 2 vols, 8vo, original printed blue-gray wrappers, untrimmed. The first edition in Swedish, translated by Lars Arnell, of Washington's Irving's Tales of a Traveller, his continuation of the short stories that began with The Sketch Book. Contemporary ink signature on each front wrapper. Wrappers slightly worn; fine copy, enclosed in a quarter morocco clamshell box. Langfeld & Blackburn, page 71; OCLC records three copies in the US (Harvard, Kansas and NYPL) and three in Sweden First edition of the first Swedish translation.
[HARTE, FRANCIS BRET] 8vo, original printed wrappers, 31 pages. An eight-stanza poem written for the 14th anniversary of the Society of California Pioneers that juxtaposes the calmness of California to the violence of the Civil War in the Eastern states. "Poem" is one of Harte's earliest appearances in print, three years before his first book. Wrappers a little dust-soiled, but essentially a fine copy.
[NEAL, JOHN] 12mo, original purple muslin spine, tan boards, printed paper label, untrimmed. An unusual novel based on Neal's experiences in England, where he lived and worked as a writer between 1824 and 1827. Always a vocal partisan for American language and ways, the story relies heavily on dialogue and the contrasts between the two cultures. Contemporary ink signature of J. D. Harman on the title-page. Cloth somewhat worn and faded; some light foxing; very good copy. BAL 14874; Wright I, 1943; American Imprints 2696
BibliothËque de la Reine Marie-Antoinette at Petit Trianon D’apres L’Inventaire Original DressÈ par Ordre de la Convention. Catalogue avex des Notes InÈdites du Marquis de PaulmyLACROIX, PAUL, COMPILER 12mo, contemporary green half morocco by V. Champs, marbled paper boards, spine gilt-decorated in five compartments, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. An interesting compilation by Paul Lacroix (1806-84), French antiquary, bibliographer, editor and author, of the library of Marie Antoinette that was housed at her estate, Petit Trianon. The 736 entries are arranged by sciences and arts, belles lettres (the majority of the works) and histoire. Along with the usual suspects are imaginary voyages and a number of memoirs of amorous characters that shocked the general reader when the catalogue was first published. Lacroix, who often wrote under the pseudonym "Bibliophile Jacob," compiled this when he was librarian of the Arsenal Library, Paris. Bookplate of F. T. Kunkelmann on the front paste-down. Upper joint starting, but sound; fine copy. First edition, number 75 of 300 numbered copies on Holland paper (of a total of 317 copies).
TURNER, CHARLES Small 8vo, original green cloth, gilt lettering, untrimmed. A substantial collection of over 100 sonnets by Charles Turner (formerly Tennyson and often referred to as Tennyson-Turner), an accomplished and prolific sonneteer (his collected poems contained over 400). In the ODNB, Roger Evans writes that this 1864 collection, Turner's second book, "reveals the influence of the sacramentalist idiom of Keble [i.e., John Keble, Church of England clergyman and poet, 1792-1866], a pronounced antipathy to current neologistic thinking, and a sensitive delicacy in its descriptions of natural forms." Charles Turner (1808-1879) was the brother of Alfred and Frederick Tennyson. Under the terms of a will, an inheritance from an uncle requested that he change his surname. Edges slightly rubbed; very good copy.