Headpiece (uncaptioned) for "Calais" — an elegant cityscape to suggest the sophisticated milieu of the Continent that Yorick is about to experience, with grand public buildings and spacious square portrait of Laurence Sterne for "A Biographical Sketch," prefacing A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, first published in 1768. Wood-engraving, 2.5 cm high by 8.5 cm wide, top of p. i. In the 1841 edition, the illustrators employ an image of a smiling writer, his hand to his face as if in thought, to suggest Sterne's philosophical humour. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]


Sterne, Laurence. A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. Illustrated with one hundred engravings on wood, by Bastin and G. Nichols, from original designs by Jacque and Fussell. London: Joseph Thomas, 1841.

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