The Grand Tour was the last act in an eighteenth-century gentleman’s education. Behind him lay school-years of Greek grammar, Latin hexameters, gown-and-chapel routine. Now at last it was time for spiritual matriculation, the ultimate in civilizing experiences, a journey through Europe to the overwhelming masterpiecesof Italy.
In the urbane Augustan Age, to be truly cultured was an important asset, and who could call himself cultured who had not done the Grand Tour? So the English well-to-do packed their sons off across the Channel to taste the magical nectar for themselves.
It was by no means only the British who were drawn by the magnet of Italy. From the Low Countries, from Scandinavia, from Germany, from France and America they came, the solitary adventurers, refugees from society, parties of spinster ladies, families, invalids and friends, all gravitating inexorably (and joltingly, over bruising roads) towards the fountainhead.
Titel: The age of the Grand Tour containing sketches of the manners, society and customs of France, Flanders, The United Provinces, Germany, Switzerland and Italy in the letters, journals and writings of the most celebrated voyagers between the years 1720 and 1820 with descriptions of the most illustrious antiquities and curiosities in these countries
Schrijvers: Anthony Burgess & Francis Haskell
Uitgever: Paul Elek
Staat: Lichte beschadigingen voor en achterzijde stofomslag, verder in goede staat