A Journey Round My Room by Xavier de Maistre, translated and published by Edmund Goldsmith, Edinburgh, 1885; bound with: A Nocturnal Expedition Round My Room by Xavier de Maistre; translated by Edmund Goldsmith.
Author: Maistre, Xavier de
Reference #: 2237
Status: For Sale
List Price: $240.00
Privately Printed, Edinburgh, 1886. In green cloth with paper title label on spine. “A Journey…” is 12mo (approx.. 6”) of 94 p. with the original wrapper forming a title page followed by a half-title and title page; “A Nocturnal. . .” is a small octavo (approx. 7”) of 70 p with the original wrapper forming a title page followed by a half-title and title page. There is moderate to heavy foxing on the endpapers, and the contemporary bookplate of P.M. Cran on the front paste-down with his signature in fine pen on the ffep. Very minor foxing to the odd leaf thereafter. The smaller format book is bound first resulting in discolouration to the margins of the title page of the second title. The binder’s name is imprinted at the base of the front paste-down: “J & J P Edmond & Spark Aberdeen”.
French novelist Xavier de Maistre (1763-1852) refused to swear allegiance to the French Republic – as did his elder brother, the Christian philosopher Joseph, the two leaving their home in Savoy and ultimately taking up residence in Russia. He married a Russian and, indeed, served in the Russian army. The Oxford Companion to French Literature (1969) called Voyage “Charming” (p. 439), describing it further (p. 756): “It describes, with a delicate mixture of sentiment, humour, and exact observation, a period of temporary imprisonment in his quarters at Turin. The underlying idea is that circumscribed surroundings cannot rob us of happiness, which we must find in ourselves. The form of the book is said to have been influenced by Sterne’s Sentimental Journey.”
Uncommon in English translation; Rare bound together.
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