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A Journey Through the Pais Bas  

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A Year's Journey Through the Pais Bas; or, Austrian Netherlands...

Thicknesse, Philip


Printed for J. Debrett



xvi, 392 pp. Folding frontis.  (8vo) 20.8x12.7 cm (8¼x5"), recent gray boards and printed paper label. Second edition, "with considerable additions."  

An epistolary guidebook written in 41 letters by the eccentric, quarrelsome and well-traveled English writer Philip Thicknesse (1719-1792), who lived on-and-off in parts of Europe. The frontis is an engraving after a drawing by Thicknesse of a man in Toulouse being pulled from limb to limb for his religious beliefs. The first edition was published in 1784 and stated "Vol. 1" on the title-page, though no more was then published.  

Ticknesse's books are full of personal impressions and experiences, as well as factual information. The letters here are followed by a 68-page supplement with "An Accurate Route to all the Principal Cities and Towns in Germany, Holland and Switzerland. With a Reduction of the Money of Germany into that of France."

Lot Amendments

Damp-stain in the margin of the frontis and in the upper margin of the first few signatures; some light foxing; good.

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