A Tour Through Holland, Dutch Brabant, the Austrian Netherlands and Part of France which is included a description of Paris

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Author: Harry Peckham (1740-1787)

Year: 1793

Publisher: Printed for G Hearsley

Place: London


273 pages with tables. Duodecimo (6 1/2" x 6 1/4") bound in original full leather. fifth edition.

Harry Peckham was a King's Counsel judge and sportsman who toured Europe and wrote a series of letters which are still being published over 200 years later. Peckham was a member of the private Markeaton Hunt. In 1762–63, his friend Mundy commissioned a set of six portraits. Each of the subjects was in the distinctive dress of the Markeaton Hunt, consisting of a blue coat over a scarlet waistcoat and yellow breeches. Peckham sat for one of these paintings. The paintings hung at Mundy's ancestral home, Markeaton Hall.[9] As well as the Wright portrait, Peckham sat for Romney and one canvas in the possession of Chichester City Council which hangs in the Chichester Council House. Peckham entered Middle Temple in 1764 and was called on 29 January 1768.[1] In the same year he toured through Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Paris, Rouen, and Calais. His letters home were published by George Kearsley among a number of travel books Kearsley published in London. Peckham's writings were and are still considered witty and interesting. His book records a view of Europe before the political upheavals and is considered to give a Whiggish view of how the Netherlands was a successful outcome of the union of liberty, commerce and Protestantism. The first edition of his book in 1772 was anonymous and only the fourth posthumous edition of 1788 was attributed to Peckham.


Lacks maps of Holland and the Netherlands first printed with this edition. Corners bumped and rubbed, 1/4" chipped from spine, hinges beginning else a good copy.

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