A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY THROUGH FRANCE AND ITALY BY MR. YORICK
by Sterne, Lawrence
London: T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, 1768. First Edition, Early Issue. Hardcover. 12mos., xx, 203 pages, 208 pages, 2 volumes; VG; mottled brown leather boards, single gilt roll border, paneled spines with two compartments having gilt lettering; rebacked with remnants of original spine preserved, remainder plain brown leather, top panel and lower two panels missing from volume 1, small pieces missing from volume 2; all edges of text blocks gilt; gilt roll to board edges, gilt turn-ins; marbled endpapers; binder's mark of Zaehnsdorf; boards slightly splayed; wide margins; half-titles present in both volumes; volume I, page 150 reads "vaus, volume II, page 133 reads "whho ave" and not "who have"; consignment; shelved case 9. A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy is a novel by Laurence Sterne, written and first published in 1768, as Sterne was facing death. In 1765, Sterne traveled through France and Italy as far south as Naples, and after returning determined to describe his travels from a sentimental point of view. The novel can be seen as an epilogue to the possibly unfinished work The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, and also as an answer to Tobias Smollett's decidedly unsentimental Travels through France and Italy. Sterne had met Smollett during his travels in Europe, and strongly objected to his spleen, acerbity and quarrelsomeness. He modeled the character of Smelfungus on him. The novel was extremely popular and influential and helped establish travel writing as the dominant genre of the second half of the 18th century. Dupont.
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