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Romantic imaginary voyage in French verses

Voyage imaginaire. Poème. Chant 1-4.
Adegeest (manor house at Voorschoten, between The Hague and Leiden), 1853. Large 4to (27 x 21.5 cm). Loose quires in cover: marbled boards joined together by a spine of red painted sheepskin, green ties. [2], V, 81, 120, VI, 132, 131 pp.
€ 2,500
Extensive autograph poetical work in four "Chants", provided with elaborate notes, containing a romantic imaginary voyage in French verses. The anonymous author - indicating himself with his initials "J.F. v. H. (St.?)" - has composed the poem at the manor house "Adegeest" at Voorschoten, between The Hague and Leiden, and has dated his work: "Mars (deleted), and 1 April 1853. At the time the manor house was in the possession of the very rich family Dorrepad. G.L. Dorrepad (1816-1883) was an entrepreneur who had gathered his wealth in the Dutch East Indies (he was involved f.e. in a notorious financial scandal denounced by the famous Sicco Roorda van Eysinga). To all probability our anonymous author was the private teacher for his children at Adegeest.
In the introduction the author states that he had never visited the countries and regions he describes so passionately "N'ayant jamais visité les lieux que je decrits". Citing Cicero, Lord Byron, Alexandre Dumas and many others he concentrates on classical Greece and Italy and the Mediterranean.
Contents: pp. I-V; Avertissement; 1-53: Chant premier; 55-81: Notes; 1-61: Chant second; 63-120: Notes; I-VI Avertissement; 1-68: Chant trousième; 69-132: Notes; 1-76: Chant quatrième; 77-136: Notes.
Cover rubbed and spine damaged, otherwise in good condition.
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