RIESBECK, Johann Kaspar. Travels through Germany, in a Series of Letters; written in German … translated by the Rev. Mr. Maty. London, T. Cadell, 1787.
Three volmes, 8vo. Contemporary full sprinkled calf, spines with contrasting lettering-pieces and ornamented in gilt; pp. 319; [xii], 298; [xvi], 331; light wear to extremities, internally a little spotted; a very good copy; provenance: contemporary armorial engraved bookplate of Thomas Carter of Edgcott in Northamptonshire inside front covers.
First edition in English. Riesbeck was a follower of the Catholic Enlightenment and Sturm und Drang. He travelled a lot in Central Europe and worked as an actor in Vienna and journalist in Zurich. This book is his main work, originally published anonymously as Letters on Germany by a travelling Frenchman (Zurich, 1783) and became in instant success in several European languages. 'Cologne, brother, is in every respect the ugliest town in all Germany; there is not a single building worth seeing within its walls' can serve as an example of Riesbeck's frank and entertaining judgement of Germany and Austria at the eve of the French Revolution.