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Record 11484

Reading Experience:

'There is a project on foot about translating one D'Aubuisson [a] Frenchman's geology - a large book, for the first edition I am to have 60 guineas - the same sum for every succeeding edition. Brewster was very diligent in forwarding it; and tho' I neither like the book or the terms excessively, I feel much o[blige]d to him for his conduct.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 4 Feb 1821 and 10 Feb 1821
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh and / or Kirkcaldy
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Thomas Carlyle
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 4 Dec 1795
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer / Academic
Religion: Lapsed Calvinist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Jean Aubuisson
Title: Traite de geognoise
Genre: Geology
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: First published Strasbourg 1819
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 11484  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Carlyle
  Editor: C R Sanders
  Title: The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle
  Place of Publication: Durham, North Carolina
  Date of Publication: 1970
  Vol: 1
  Page: 325-6
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Carlyle, C R Sanders (ed.), The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 325-6,, accessed: 01 June 2023

Additional comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to John A. Carlyle, dated 10th Feburary 1821, written at Kirkcaldy. Pages 324-326 in this edition. Estimated date range based on previous letter (dated 30th January 1821) in which he makes no mention of this work. The specific work is the work to which the Editor assumes that Carlyle is referring. Carlyle does not make clear whether Brewster sent him the book on loan, or to keep.



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