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Record 6572

Reading Experience:

'Upon one of the interminable book-stalls, or rather book-walls, which displayed their leafy barrens along the quays of the Seine, I picked up a Cobbett's French Grammar for a franc, and a pocket dictionnary for another. A fellow lodger lent me a Testament and a Telemaque; and to these materials I applied dogedly from six in the morning til dinnertime. I read the Grammar through first, and then made an abridgement of it on a small pack of plain cards... By these means ... I made rapid progress.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1825 and 31 Dec 1825
Country: France
Time: morning
Place: city: Paris
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:Charles Manby Smith
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 1804
Socio-economic group: Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder
Occupation: journeyman printer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: France
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [unknown]
Title: [French pocket dictionary]
Genre: Education, Textbook / self-education, Reference / General works, foreign language
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 6572  
Source - Print  
  Author: Charles Manby Smith
  Editor: n/a
  Title: The working man's way in the world
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1857
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 48
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Charles Manby Smith, The working man's way in the world (London, 1857), p. 48,, accessed: 28 February 2024

Additional comments:

Around 1825.



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