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Nouveau Voyage en Espagne, fait en 1777 et 1778,


PEYRON, Jean-François. Nouveau Voyage en Espagne, fait en 1777 et 1778, dans lequel on traite des mœurs, du caractère, des monumens anciens et modernes, du commerce, du théatre, de la législation des tribunaux particuliers à ce royaume, et de l’Inquisition; avec de nouveaux détails sur son état actuel, & sur une procédure récente & fameuse. Two volumes. 363, [1]p; 382pp,. half-titles. A very good copy bound in full contemporary marbled calf, gilt ruled borders, ornate gilt spine decorated with flowers and tendrils. Marbled edges and end-papers. Several areas of insect damage to the surface leather on the rear board of Vol I, and one small area on the upper board. Nineteenth century bookplate of Auguste Boullogne. 8vo. A Londres: chez P. Elmsly, dans le Strand; et se trouve a Paris, chez P. Théophile Barrois, jeune, rue du Hurepoix, près le Pont Saint-Michel, M.DCC.LXXXII. [1782]. ESTC T147404, BL and Leeds only in the UK; 4 copies in Europe, and 4 in North America. The titlepages and half-titles to both volumes are cancels; probably a reissue of ‘Essais sur l’Espagne, et voyage fait en 1777 et 1778’, Geneva, 1780. ~ First published in Geneva in 1780 under the title Essais sur l'Espagne et Voyage fait in 1777 & 1778. It includes a description of a bullfight in Cádiz; chapters on the Inquisition, literature, fashion and customs, theatre, law & commerce, and agriculture. Richard Ford commended its as an 'Admirable work, and by far the most correct, balanced and equitable of all those who have come out of pen or French printing.' The work acted as a counterbalance to the summary dismissals of Spain in Voltaire’s Essais sue les Moeurs, and in Montesquieu’s Lettres Persanes. However, Peyron's text was actually an almost complete translation of the Spanish work Paseos por Granada (1764). The form in dialogue has disappeared, as well as some remarks and personal details. Even the notes that Peyron places at the bottom of the text come for the most part from the Spanish text. The work was never fully translated into English, and extracts only were first published in Jean-François Bourgoing’s Travels in Spain (1789), who included his description of Granada.