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Séjour de Paris: c'est à dire, instructions fidéles pour les Voiageurs de condition: comment ils se doivent conduire s'ils veulent faire un bon usage de leur tems & argent durant leur séjour à Paris: comme aussi une Description suffisante de la Cour de France, du Parlement, de l'Université, des Academies & Bibliothéques: avec une Liste des plus celébres Savans, Artisans, & autres choses remarquables qu'on trouve dans cette grande & fameuse Ville
Engraved vignette on title, folding map, & 60 engraved plates. Title-page printed in red and black, 7 p.l., 420 pp.; 1 p.l., 421-630 pp., [27] leaves. Two vols. in one. Thick 8vo, cont. speckled sheep, spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Leiden: J. van Abcoude, 1727. First edition in French (1st ed., in German: 1718), of this richly illustrated and scarce book; it is one of the best guides to Paris of the early 18th century. Nemeitz (1679-1753), a German scholar who traveled widely in Europe, served as a tutor for various members of the Italian and French nobility. Due to his profession, Nemeitz was familiar with many of the great cities of the Continent, where he sought out lesser-known "curiosities" as well as the standard sights. Following a two-year residence in Paris, he wrote the present work as a detailed guide. Not only does he provide "touristic" suggestions to go to gardens and cathedrals, he also instructs the reader on the skills necessary to ingratiate oneself with Parisian high society - fluency in German, French and Latin is essential, as well as a wide-ranging knowledge. The present work also contains profiles of prominent aristocrats and public figures such as Louis XV, the Duke of Orléans, the Prince of Condé, and the Archbishop of Paris. This book offers a rich perspective on the life of the upper-class in early 18th-century Paris with chapters discussing: "how one must dress," "conversation with the fairer sex," "coffee shops," "visiting public and private libraries," "necessary expenses," "preservation of health," and "in what season and what way one must see the royal chateaux around Paris." The 60 engraved plates depict the most famous buildings in Paris and its environs, accompanied by histories and architectural descriptions. Nice copy. This was a rather popular work which underwent several editions in both German and French. Unidentified 19th-century bookplate on front paste-down and early 20th-century engraved bookplate on verso of title. ? Brunet, Vol. IV, 36- "Il est curieux pour l'histoire de Paris au commencement du XVIIIe siècle." N.B.G., Vol. 37, cols. 649-50.
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