London: The Folio Society, 1949. Octavo, white cloth lettered in gilt over floral patterned boards, original clipped floral patterned dust jacket. Sixteen pink and blue lithographed plates by Nigel Lambourne throughout text. Additional bifolium, featuring plates “The Grisset" and “The Rose," laid in. Touch of soiling to spine ends, jacket spine lightly toned, lightest wear to jacket extremities.
Modern illustrated edition of Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, first published in 1768: “There is not a more perplexing affair in life to me than to set about telling any one who I am, for there is scarce any body I cannot give a better account of than myself; and I have often wish'd I could do it in a single word and have an end of it." Although Dr. Johnson famously dismissed Tristram Shandy as too “odd" to last, Sterne's formally inventive comic narratives had great influence on modern novelists, most notably James Joyce. A near-fine copy.