The rural and domestic life of Germany: with characteristic sketches of its cities and scenery, collected in a general tour, and during a residence in the country in the years 1840-41 and 42.

London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842

Crown 8vo, pp. viii (misnumbered should read ‘x’), 520, with 1 plate and 54 large wood-engraved illustrations after G.F. Sargent in the text; a fine copy in yellow polished calf, c. 1860s, richly gilt spine with green label, marbled edges.


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A fine copy of the first edition of Howitt’s account of his travels in Germany and Austria, and one of the best books in English about German life at the time. Howitt had moved with his family to Heidelberg in 1840 and stayed in Germany for more than two years on account of the education of his older children. According to a review of his book in the Allgemeine Zeitung ‘The rural and domestic Life of Germany’ contained the most accurate account of Germany written by a foreigner.

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