A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, first published in 1768. Wood-engraving, 2 cm high by 9.5 cm wide, top of p. 37. Johannot provides an elegant and slightly sinister headpiece to suggest that Yorick's motives may not be as pure as he asserts. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]— ornamental headpiece for "In the Street, Calais" in Laurence Sterne's
Having, on the first sight of the lady, settled the affair in my fancy “that she was of the better order of beings” — and then laid it down as a second axiom, as indisputable as the first, that she was a widow, and wore a character of distress — I went no further; I got ground enough for the situation which pleased me; and had she remained close beside my elbow till midnight, I should have held true to my system, and considered her only under that general idea. ["In the Street, Calais," page 37]
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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