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Innocent Espionage. The La Rochefoucauld Brothers Tour of England in 1785.

Norman Scarfe

Verlag: The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1995, 1995
ISBN 10: 0851155960 / ISBN 13: 9780851155968
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Titel: Innocent Espionage. The La Rochefoucauld ...

Verlag: The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1995

Erscheinungsdatum: 1995

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Signiert: Signed by Author(s)

Auflage: 1st Edition


First edition. Hardback. Dust jacket. Bookplate,presentation copy from the author,else very good indeed in very good indeed dust jacket. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A157338

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Inhaltsangabe: This book is irresistible. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Ranks with Defoe and Cobbett, and fills the gap between them... in this wonderful book we have a portrait of England at its most beautiful and most vigorous, of Jane Austen's idyllic countryside and Blake's Satanic mills. NIGEL NICOLSON, SPECTATOR We always have it in stock as it is such a marvellous book. HEYWOOD HILL BOOKSHOPLooking at England in the early months of 1785, covering 20 or even 30 miles a day and making detailed and intelligent notes at night, the two brothers, Francois and Alexandre, and their tutor, saw landscapes still visible today; but the world of the momentous industrial revolution and optimism that, as patriots, they envied, is one we can only envy them for knowing and admire them for recording. Making good use of their time, the group travelled along rutted roads from inn to inn, visiting factories, plunging down mines, exploring dockyards and cathedrals. One is glad that both boys survived the Revolution, but even more remarkable is the survival of their manuscripts, here presented with such scholarship and joy by Norman Scarfe. NORMAN SCARFE best known for his studies of East Anglia, has also edited and translated the earlier travels of the brothers as A Frenchman's Year in Suffolk, 1794(Boydell & Brewer in 1988). There is nothing like the journals of contemporaries to bring into focus ...Magdalen bridge and the iron bridge at Coalbrookdale both freshly built, Adam's new furniture gleaming in Kedleston, the Bridgewater canals in full operation, Robert Bakewell in his farm and Priestley in his laboratory... Nowhere have such experiences been more sharply recorded than in the letter-diaries of three intrepid foreigners who travelled this country in 1785 the book ranks in interestwith Defoe and Cobbett, and fills the gap between them... In this wonderful book we have a portrait of England at its most beautiful and most vigorous, of Jane Austen's idyllic countryside and Blake's Satanic mills. One might have expected three young foreigners with such aristocratic connecti

Rezension: These texts (are) one of the most significant finds of recent years... They give splendid descriptions of the leading industrial processes in Leicester, Derby, Sheffield and Liverpool; then they came back past the salt-mines at Northwich, the Potteries, the works at Ironbridge and finally the factories of Birmingham. The remainder is devoted to their more conventional sightseeing, as far as Bristol and Plymouth, before the travellers head through Dorchester and Salisbury for London. Industrial historians will find here a remarkably fresh description of a whole range of industrial activity over a short but crucial period prior to the signing of the Anglo-French Commercial Treaty. Excellent contemporary illustrations accompany the text... This book is irresistible. THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (John Rogister, 15/09/95)

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