FELLOWES, W.D. A Visit to the Monastery of La Trappe, in 1817: With Notes, taken during a Tour through Le Perche, Normandy, Bretagne, Poitou, Anjou, Le Bocage, Tocraine, Orleanois, and the Environs of Paris ... The Fourth edition. Printed For Thomas M'Lean, 1823.
Royal 8vo. Contemporary green straight-grain morocco, borders of boards tooled in gilt and blind, the spine gilt-tooled in 3 of 5 compartments, the remaining 2 gilt-lettered, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt; pp. xii, 188, 12 hand-coloured aquatints [including frontispiece], 2 engraved plates and one engraved vignette; engraved armorial bookplate to the front pastedown; a little wear to joints of binding, but internally very fresh, a very good large paper copy.
Apart from being an antiquarian and romantic traveller Fellowes observed details of the French social life during the recent political system changes, from absolute monarchy, to republic, Napoleonic Empire and back to the attempt to recreate an absolute monarchy. He comments on the fragility of the current French system under the Bourbon Louis XVIII: 'If any circumstance can restore permanent tranquility, it will be in the interest which the different landholders have in the soil and the representative system, which will serve to check the ambition of its future governors'.
Abbey Scenery 86 (first edition) & 91 (this edition).