A lively picture of Napoleonic Europe is given in this unusual travel book, the record of a nine-months walk from Leipzig through Rome to Sicily and back to Germany. Its author, Johann Gottfried Seume, describes the countryside and the towns and the effects on them of war and revolution. He records with gusto his conversations with nobles, officers and privates, mule drivers, inn keepers, priests, monks, officials, landowners and prostitutes. His route takes him through Vienna, Venice, Bologna, Rimini, Loreto, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Syracuse, Taormina, Messina and back through Siena, Florence, Parma, Milan, across the Alps, to Paris and Frankfurt.
Condition: Dust jacket very worn, creased, with small tears. Boards very rubbed. Discolouration to both pastedowns and FEPs, otherwise all pages clean and clear and binding tight.