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Ferdinand M. Bayard
1797 Voyage to Bath in Shenandoah Valley VIRGINIA, Bayard, The STREETER Copy, VA
Chez Cocheris, Paris, France, 1797. [2],xvi,336 pp. Half-Title. Contemporary three quarter calf and paper boards, spine gilt and with gilt leather label. Corners worn. Scattered light foxing. Near fine. Text is in French. The Thomas W. Streeter copy, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Bayard was twenty-three when he made this trip with his wife and children to summer at Bath in the Shenandoah Valley to escape the heat of the Baltimore summer. His book is devoted mainly to observations of society in Virginia and is one of the better pictures of life there at the time. "Bayard's account affords a sympathetic, sentimental, leisurely picture of society at a forgotten watering place seldom visited by travelers. His social and intellectual adaptability and the length of his stay set his book apart from the customary tourist-guide gazetteer" - Clark. "While containing some criticisms of U.S. moral decline and materialism, [Bayard] is generally positive and gives a favorable impression of life in several early U.S. rural communities" - Echeverria & Wilkie. STREETER SALE 829 (this copy). MONAGHAN 151. CLARK II:77. HOWES B255. SABIN 4022. ECHEVERRIA & WILKIE 797/4. I've done my best to describe the book, but if you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail. [Attributes: First Edition]
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