A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...

(Item #4860) A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views. Esq. Joseph Hardy.
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...
Touting the beauty and health benefits of the region
A Picturesque and Descriptive Tour in the Mountains of the High Pyrenees: comprising Twenty-Four Views...

London: R. Ackermann, 1825. First edition. Bound in full red straight-grain morocco, stamped in blind and gilt, black morocco spine labels, all edges gilt. Frontis map trimmed a little close, complete with 24 tipped-in color plates. Faded signature on the title page, slight paper repair to the first three leaves. Pages measure 219 x 130 mm. Morocco bookplate of Doris Benz on the front paste-down.

"Fueled by transport improvements and expanding British global influence, Victorian travel writing emerged in the period as a commercially popular and successful genre, which became a predominantly middle-class preserve. Journeys of missionaries and merchants fostered colonial expansion, while as the British Empire grew in scope...travelogues could serve as accounts of individual experience, instructions for future travelers, advice on imperial administration, religious admonition, reports on scientific discoveries, or a combination of all of these" (O'Cinneide). Joseph Hardy's narrative is an exemplar, documenting his attraction to the Pyrenees Mountains as stemming from their proximity to France as well as his need for healthy air and activity. In its map and lovely colored plates, the book proves to indeed be picturesque and descriptive, urging like-minded tourists to embark on a journey like Hardy's -- or, if that isn't accessible, to live vicariously through his work.
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Price: $3,250