The Origins of the Grand Tour / 1649-1663 / The Travels of Robert Montagu, Lord Mandeville, William Hammond and Banaster Maynard
Publisher: Hakluyt Society
xvii+331 pages with 49 plates, bibliography and index. Small quarto (10" x 7") bound in original blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial representation of the ship Victoria embossed in gilt on front cover. Introduction by Barry Gough. Series III, volume 14. First edition.
By focusing upon three previously unpublished accounts of youthful English travelers in Western Europe in contrast to the renowned but maturely retrospective memoirs of other seventeenth century figures such as as John Evelyn, this book reassesses the early stages of the cultural phenomenon known as the "Grand Tour". usually though of primarily as a post-Restoration and eighteenth century activity, the long-term English fascination with the "Grand Tour" was firmly rooted in the mid-Tudor and early-Stuart periods. Such travels were usually prompted by one of there reasons; the practical needs of diplomacy, the aesthetic allure of cultural tourism, and the expediencies of political or religious exile. The outbreak of the English Civil War during the late-1640s acted as a powerful stimulus to this kind of travel for male members of both royalist and parliamentarian families, as a means of distancing them from the social upheavals back home as well as broadening their intellectual horizons. The extensive editorial introductions to this publication of the experiences of three young Englishmen also consider how their travel records have survived in a variety of literary forms, including personal diaries (Montagu), family letters (Hammond) and formal prose records (Maynard's travels were written up by his servant, Robert Moody) and how these texts should now be interpreted not in isolation but alongside the diverse collections of prints, engravings, curiosities, coins and antiquities assembled by such travelers.
Jacket with closed tear at front head edge else a fine copy in a near fine jacket.
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