Paris. 1797. ,xvi,336pp. Half title. Original plain wrappers. Front joint a bit worn, old stain on rear wrapper. Near fine, untrimmed. Item #WRCAM30814
Bayard was twenty-three when he made this trip with his wife and children to summer at Bath in the Shenandoah Valley to escape the heat of the Baltimore summer. His book is devoted mainly to observations of society in Virginia and is one of the better pictures of life there at the time. "Bayard's account affords a sympathetic, sentimental, leisurely picture of society at a forgotten watering place seldom visited by travelers. His social and intellectual adaptability and the length of his stay set his book apart from the customary tourist-guide gazetteer" - Clark. "While containing some criticisms of U.S. moral decline and materialism, [Bayard] is generally positive and gives a favorable impression of life in several early U.S. rural communities" - Echeverria & Wilkie. MONAGHAN 151. CLARK II:77. HOWES B255. SABIN 4022. ECHEVERRIA & WILKIE 797/4. STREETER SALE 829.