London: Printed for Thomas M'Lean, 1823. Item #03443
With Thirteen Fine Hand-Colored Plates
FELLOWES, W.D. A Visit to the Monastery of La Trappe, in 1817: with notes, taken during a tour through Le Perche, Normandy, Bretagne, Poitou, Anjou, Le Bocage, Touraine, Orleanois, and the Environs of Paris. Illustrated with numerous coloured engravings, from drawings made on the spot. London: Printed for Thomas M'Lean, 1823.
Fourth Edition, Large Paper Copy. Text watermarked J. Whatman, 1823; Plates watermarked J. Whatman, 1827.
Large octavo (10 1/4 x 6 7/8 inches; 261 x 175 mm.). xii, 188 pp. Thirteen fine hand colored aquatint plates and two plain plates.
Contemporary dark blue straight-grain morocco, covers decoratively bordered in gilt and blind, spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, gilt board edges and turn-ins, brown endpapers, all edges gilt. First page of preface with small paper-flaw on blank margin. A clean, near fine copy.
"First published by William Stockdale in 1818, with new editions in 1818 and 1820. Judging by the late watermark in the plates this 1823 M'Lean edition was kept in print for some years" (Abbey).
"I performed this journey during the months of June, July, August, and September, a distance of near one thousand miles, and had the singular good fortune to enjoy the finest weather possible. The perusal of Madame de La Roche-Jaquelin's interesting work on the Vendean war, first gave me the idea of visiting the country called le Bocage, the theatre of so many events, and sufferings of the brave royalists; and, as the province of le Perche, in which is situated the ancient convent of La Trappe, was in my route to Bretagne, I resolved to make an excursion there, in order to satisfy myself of the truth of those austerities which I had read of in the Memoirs of the Count de Comminge…" (Chapter 1).
Tooley, 212; Abbey, Travel, 91; Martin Hardie, p. 313; Prideaux, p.335 (1818 edition).