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Recollections of foreign travel, on life, literature, and self-knowledge.
London: Longman &c 1825 - Two vols., 8vo., xxiv + 303 + (1) and xxviii + 325 + (1)pp., wanting the half-titles, contemporary half calf gilt over marbled boards slightly rubbed or worn at extremities but still a good and sound copy from the 19th century library of Marmion Edward Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton> with his armorial bookplate in each volume. First edition. A prolific author, Egerton Brydges was devoted to topography, antiquities, literature and genealogy. Humiliated when he and his brother lost the so-called Chandos case (they had claimed the defunct Barony of Chandos) in 1803, Brydges was thrilled in 1808 to be able to accept with considerable delight the knighthood of the Swedish Order of St. Joachim, 'a bogus distinction' according to Brydges' biographer, K.A. Manley in ODNB. He was, however, created an English baronet in 1814. 'In 1812 Brydges was elected MP for Maidstone after defeating a whig; unsuccessful attempts elsewhere are related in his novel Arthur Fitz-Albini.> He seldom spoke, though he assisted with the Poor Law Act of 1817 and helped amend the Copyright Bill to extend authors' rights. Failing to gain re-election in 1818 and in serious financial embarrassment, he moved to Europe. He travelled to Paris and Switzerland and toured Italy between 1819 and 1821 before settling permanently near Geneva.' [ODNB] His Recollections of Foreign Travel> is in a large way a discursive diary part philosophical, part topographical, and part literary arising from his travels through Italy, Switzerland, and France. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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