The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron De Pollnitz; by PÖLLNITZ, Karl…

PÖLLNITZ, Karl Ludwig von (1692-1775)

The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron De Pollnitz; Being The Observations He Made In His Late Travels From Prussia thro’ Germany, Italy, France, Flanders, Holland, England, &c. In Letters to his Friend. Discovering not only the Present State of the Chief Cities and Towns; but the Characters of the Principal Persons at the Several Courts. London, Daniel Browne, 1737.

First Edition in English. Two volumes, 8vo (205 x 130 mm), pp. xix, [i], 431, [1], [20] index; [ii], 472, [22] index, small tear on the first title-page through two letters but with no loss, in contemporary speckled calf, double gilt fillet to boards, spines ruled in compartments with red morocco labels lettered in gilt, with the contemporary ownership inscriptions of Will. and Bacchas Helyar and the engraved armorial bookplate of Coker Court in each volume, joints weak, head and tail of spines a little chipped and extremities worn, but not an unattractive copy.

The first appearance in English of this popular travel account, first published in Liège in 1734. Brought up at the electoral court in Berlin, Pöllnitz had a reputation for being an unscrupulous adventurer. His restless disposition led to the extensive travels of which the present volumes are the testimony. An entertaining read, the volumes provide interesting glimpses of the Europe of his day and of the many influential people with whom Pöllnitz came into contact. Despite the fact that they are untrustworthy as a historical source, they are significant for their widespread popularity at the time throughout Europe. This is the first edition of the present translation, attributed by ESTC to Stephen Whatley. It was very popular, running to more than half a dozen editions over the following decade.

ESTC t120859.

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