Nouveau Voyage de France, by FORCE, Jean Aimar Piganiol de…

FORCE, Jean Aimar Piganiol de la (1669-1753).

Nouveau Voyage de France, avec un itineraire, et des cartes, qui marquent exactement les routes qu’il faut suivre pour voyager dans toutes les provinces de ce Royaume. Ouvrage également utile aux François, & aux Etrangers. Nouvelle Edition, revûe, corrigée & augmentée, suivant la nouvelle Description de la France. Par M. Piganiol de la Force. Tome Premier [-Second]. Paris, Theodore Legras, 1755.

New Edition, corrected and enlarged. Two volumes, 12mo (168 x 90 mm), pp. xxi, [iii], 392, with seven engraved folding maps; iv, 404, with eight folding engraved maps, a couple loose, with a number of contemporary annotations and manuscript calculations in the margins, in contemporary mottled calf, considerably worn, spines badly chipped and lower compartment of the first volume almost missing, surfaces of both boards eroded, labels mostly gone, however, bindings sound, marbled endpapers, red edges, with the ownership inscription of Wm Sandys on the first title-page, wanting the front endpaper.

A working copy in a binding that has certainly seen better days, this copy does however include interesting signs of early ownership, with a number of manuscript annotations and calculations. This is a revised edition of Piganiol de la Force’s detailed compendium of the best routes to the French provinces. Each of the routes starts from Paris and is accompanied by a folding engraved plate. Intended as much for the foreigner as the French national, the work includes essential travel advice, with chronological tables, useful landmarks, local information and tourist advice.

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