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WESTON, Stephen.

Extracts from a Journal in the Months of June, July, August, and September, in the Year 1819.

London: W. Clarke, 1820 Stock Code: 139891
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"Bif-stakes à la Goddam"

First and only edition. Stephen Weston, (1747-1830), antiquary, classical scholar, and minor Shakespearian. Educated Eton, and Exeter College, Oxford. "Weston accompanied Sir Charles Warwick Bampfylde of Devon as his tutor in a long tour of the continent. As a result of this tour he conceived a passion for travel and a particular love for France and, especially, for Paris" (ODNB) Weston was prolific, publishing numerous short accounts of his continental trips, but also "translations from Chinese, Persian, and other languages, classical emendations, poems, biography, theological treatises, philological studies, and pieces on antiquarian subjects. Many of his works are of short compass, making understandable the great number of them... Taking into account his contributions to journals, there was virtually no year in the period of his life from 1783 until 1818 in which Weston did not have something published". The present work consists of an odd snippets of history, gossip and observation, of Schneider's Hotel at Florence, "Murat's opinion was, that the house was too magnificent for an hotel, and not grand enough for a prince"; "Sicily. A voyage to Sicily is worth making during an eruption of Vesuvius, Mount Aetna, or the volcano of Lipari, which have been seen at sea on fire at the same time"; "In Dalmatia there are no cows, and of course no milk, butter, or cheese..."; "Beef-steaks. The French have improved the English beef-steaks, and you may eat them at all the houses... but if you would have them très comme il faût, you must go to the Rue du Temple, a l'enseigne des Bif-stakes à la Goddam". Contemporary ownership inscription of "C. Hatchet, Esqre.", perhaps the mineralogist and chemist Charles Hatchet, to the front free endpaper. Uncommon, Library Hub lists Oxford and Exeter only, WorldCat adds Yale and BnF, not in BL.

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Octavo. Original pink paper-covered boards, longitudinal paper label lettered "N.Y.G. XVIIIXX".


A little rubbed overall, spine chipped head and tail and covering paper stripped away in places, front joint just starting at the head, lightly browned, very good.


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