A Picture of England 1791


Cat No.:   GB0590:

An absolutely fascinating book, the title page states 'A picture of England containing a description of the laws, customs and manners of England. Interspersed with curious and interesting anecdotes.

What makes the book doubly interesting is that it was written by M. D' Archenholz, formerly a captain in the service to the King of Prussia, and is here translated from the original French text. So what we have is a picture of late eighteenth century England from a foreign point of view.

Here is part of the author's view of London;

'As the English are prodigal of their money and their time in favour of every public establishment, one may naturally expect to find that London is well lighted. Nothing indeed, can be more superb. The lamps, which often consist of two, or, three, ore sometimes four branches, are enclosed in crystal globes, and being attached to iron supporters, are placed at a small distance from each other. They are lighted at sunset, both in winter and summer, as well when the moon shines or not. In Oxford Street alone, there are more lamps than in all Paris'.

Here are some of the more interesting subjects covered:

Liberty of the Press, the state of religion, public spirit, hospitals, public executions, singular law with regard to women, the police of London, thieves, women of the town and many, many more fascinating items.

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