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A Tour in Switzerland

A Tour in Switzerland
Or, a View of the Present State of the Governments and Manners of those Cantons: With Comparative Sketches of the Present State of Paris
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  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108065955

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  • The radical writer and poet Helen Maria Williams (1759–1827) is best remembered for her eight-volume Letters from France (1790–6), charting the progress of the French Revolution. Having published poetry and a novel, Julia (1790), she travelled to France, where her salon welcomed the likes of Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Paine and leading Girondists. Forced to flee the country in 1794, she went into exile in Switzerland for six months, travelling with the printer and political reformer John Hurford Stone (1763–1818). This two-volume travelogue of the journeys she made during her time there, first published in 1798, documents what she sees as the failure of Swiss democracy. Highlighting the shortcomings of the Swiss government and the suffering of much of Swiss society through exploitation, Williams anticipates revolutionary activity in the cantons. Volume 1 concentrates primarily on Basel and its canton. Volume 2 includes coverage of the Alps, Zurich, Fribourg and Berne.

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    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108065955
    • length: 740 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Comparative view of the spirit of commerce
    3. Amusements of Paris
    4. Road from Basil into the canton of Soleure
    5. Lavater
    6. Country from Basil to Zuric
    7. Canton of Basil
    8. Government of the canton of Basil
    9. Curiosities of Basil
    10. Lucerne
    11. Altorf
    12. Top of St Gothard
    13. Valley of Levantine
    14. Government of the Levantine valley
    15. Government of the canton of Uri
    16. Giornico
    17. Installation of the bailiff of Lugano
    18. A storm on the lake
    19. History of an emigrant family
    20. Visit to the Grisons
    21. Val Calenca state of society
    22. St Bernadin. Volume 2:
    22[a]. Ascent to the glaciers
    23. Source of the Rhone
    24. Coire
    25. Grison mode of negociating
    26. Baths of Pffyffer
    27. Glaris
    28. Lake of Zurich
    29. Return to Lucerne
    30. Tell's chapel
    31. Cabinets of natural history in Switzerland
    32. Autumnal views on the Jura
    33. Excursions round Neufchatel
    34. Vevay
    35. Fribourg
    36. Arrival at Berne
    37. Reclamations of the Pays de Vaud
    38. State of the peasantry and manufactures in the canton of Berne
    39. Trial of the members of the festival
    40. Discontents of the popular party

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    Helen Maria Williams

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