Title A Sentimental Journey through France & Italy [numbered, limited edition]
Book Condition Very Good
Edition 1st Edition
Size 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾
Publisher New York Alfred A. Knopf 1925
Illustrator Wilfred Jones
Seller ID 000197
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. #628/2000 numbered by Pynson Printers of New York - Typography by Elmer Adler. Hardcover - measures just 6" x 9-1/2" tall. Ochre cloth spine with illustrated pattern paper boards. 140 pp. With 12 beautiful wood engraving illustrations printed in a brownish-sepia ink by Wilfred Jones. Spine slightly worn, gilt title still readable. Bottom corner has slight staining. Corners slightly bumped and rubbed. Binding tight and complete. No writing, tears, foxing, etc. Previous owner's gift inscription on front endpaper. The novel was extremely popular and influential and helped establish travel writing as the dominant genre of the second half of the 18th century. Unlike prior travel accounts which stressed classical learning and objective non-personal points of view, A Sentimental Journey emphasized the subjective discussions of personal taste and sentiments, of manners and morals over classical learning. Throughout the 1770's women travel writers began publishing significant numbers of sentimental travel accounts. Sentiment also became a favorite style among those expressing non-mainstream views including political radicalism. The narrator is the Reverend Mr. Yorick, who is slyly represented to guileless readers as Sterne's barely disguised alter ego. The book recounts his various adventures, usually of the amorous type, in a series of self-contained episodes. The book is less eccentric and more elegant in style than Tristram Shandy and was better received by contemporary critics. It was published on February 27, and on March 18 Sterne died.