Paris, Ambroise Dupont, 1838.
2 volumes 8vo [220 x 140 mm] : I/ (2) ff. and 432 pp.; II/ (2) ff., 365 pp. and 1 plan. Green buckram, flat spines with gilt fillets, red morocco lettering pieces, top edge gilt, uncut. (Lemardeley). Original wrappers bound in volume 1. Faint waterstain on the upper wrapper.
The rare true first edition of Stendhal’s “Mémoires d’un touriste”. G. Vicaire, Manuel de l’amateur de livres du XIXe siècle, III, 457 ; Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, IV suppl., 191 ; Carteret, Le Trésor du bibliophile, II, p. 356 ; Clouzot, p. 257.
The present work is rare and much sought-after.
Stendhal travelled through France from April to September 1837. He describes all the minor hitches, the encounters he makes, the sights of the towns he visits, the trade, the local policy … His work represents a kind of inventory of France in the reign of Louis-Philippe.
The present work is illustrated in the second part of an engraved map depicting the march of Napoleon I from Pierre-Chatel to Vizille. This map was probably drawn up by the engineer Crozet.
A good wide-margined copy of this rare first edition.