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FELLOWES, William Dorset (1769-1852)
Paris;. During the Interesting Month of July, 1815. A Series of Letters, Addressed to a Friend in London. By W. D. Fellowes Esq.
London: Printed for Gale and Fenner, Paternoster-Row, 1815. First Edition. 8vo (230 x 150mm), hand-coloured stipple-engraved frontispiece and pp. v, [i], 165, [3] advertisements, 8 publisher's catalogue at end, two further hand-coloured stipple-engraved plates, engraved title vignette, uncoloured, A nice unsophisticated copy of this extraordinary account of Paris in the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. In his preface, the author describes how he made his way to Paris as soon as it was possible to do so when the borders were reopened. Presented as a series of letters to a friend, his work has a remarkable immediacy to it, conveying the bustle and confusion, the conflicting reports and lack of information across the city as he and his companions go about their lives, having breakfast, watching the allied armies go past, visiting the theatre and the opera and writing up his experiences of the day late into the night in his hotel. 'Being anxious to witness the second entry of the allies into that city, which, it was to be expected, would take place after the battle of Waterloo, the Author proceeded to Calais, as soon as the communication was opened; and he had the good fortune to be again present at the extraordinary and splendid scenes which presented themselves in Paris during the month of July last... From the unsettled state of France, and the suspense and anxiety of every class as to the result of affairs, added to the difficulty of obtaining information, it was not possible to enter into a full detail of events; but they are shortly described as they occurred, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Amanda Hall Rare Books [United Kingdom]

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