Voyagers and Voyeurs

Travelers in France until the Great War

 

 

Voyagers and Voyeurs, by Nigel Woodhead

Travelers in France until the Great War

An ebook compendium of highlights from the best vintage travel writing, in 2 volumes.

Long before Peter Mayle grumbled his way through A Year in Provence, or Stephen Clarke traced his slippery path through A Year in the Merde, travellers from the English-speaking world were recording their impressions of the curious customs, the strange sights, sounds and smells of France. Complaining about the waiters, the bureaucracy, the plumbing; admiring the cabarets, the cheeseboards and the pretty girls... 

A tongue-in-cheek scrap-book of the French, and the foreigners who clocked to their shores. With the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and the invention of the steam locomotive and steam packboat, European travel, for travel's sake, blossomed into a golden age of Innocents Abroad. A new literary genre emerged - the travelogue. Thousands set off on a Grand Tour via London, Paris, Rome - an era of discovery that was abruptly cut short in the trenches of Flanders. Due to its geographic position, its wealth of culture, and the eccentricities of its inhabitants, France always stands out from these narratives as zee place to visit…

A collection of annotated highlights, sometimes shocking or outspoken, often humorous; selected from well over 100 classic eye-witness travel accounts of the French and their way of life (monographs, diaries, journals, collected letters, reports, articles, travel guides), written between the French Revolution and 1918. 
Thematically organised, with contributions from both British and American authors, including some of the most famous figures in 18th and 19th century literature; novelists, travel writers and journalists including: Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, William Thackeray, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frances Trollope, Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton... 
Plus a colourful and eccentric host of itinerant parsons, amateur antiquarians, well-heeled aristocrats, tutting tourists, protestant zealots, anglophone bigots, military observers, a motley list of dons and dandies, statesmen, mavericks, bohemians, libertines, misfits, prudes -- and Victorian ladies of independent spirit!  "A huge read."
The extracts are complimented by cameos of the original authors, historical and social context, comparisons and contrasts with contemporary life in France. This anthology will fascinate the general reader, as well as students of comparative literature and modern European history.

Volume 1: Traveling to France; bureaucracy; first impressions; hotels and gastronomy; Paris; rural France
Volume 2: Eccentricities; colorful characters; morbid fascinations; liaisons dangereuses; coming home; the Great War

Price Each volume priced at only £ 2.25 (approx. $ 3.89 / € 3.17 *)

Or buy volumes 1 and 2 combined online now - A4 paperback version for $17.96 or download the ebook for $ 4.99 !!

Available Ebook Formats  Acrobat Reader  (PDF) and Microsoft Reader (LIT), Palm and Mobipocket
Page count  Each volume approx. 200+ pages A4 (PDF format). Paperback version 414 pages. 
Free Sample  For free extracts, click here!

Other 19th Century French history and culture titles, from FishesEye:

Vintage Photos of French Ports and Coast (Screensaver)

Nearly 100 early picture postcards, old photos and period tourism posters of French ports and seaside towns, as well as beaches, lighthouses, ships and local activities. A voyage along the entire coastline, from Calais past Normandy, Brittany, Aquitaine, the Landes, round to the Riviera and Corsica. Includes historic pirate ports such as Saint Malo, and famous resorts on the Cote d'Azur, such as Nice, Cannes and Monte Carlo. Many images in color.

Give your screen a French maritime flavor! Ideal gift for francophiles, yachtsmen, or old-fashioned romantics!

Supplied as a .EXE installation file for Windows, with random transition effects between each image.

Once installed, to edit screensaver parameters, open your computer's Control Panel, select the Display icon, click on the Screensaver tab, and choose "Old French Ports" from the list. Buy online for only $4.99 !!

Vintage Photos of French Ports and Coast (Screensaver)

A Vintage Paris Photo Tour (PDF ebook postcard album)

A Vintage Paris Photo Tour (PDF ebook postcard album)

An ebook album of antique photos of Paris, mainly late 19th century / early 20th. Includes monchrome, hand-tinted and colortint images.

This electronic edition contains over one hundred period photos, mainly postcards, of Paris, Parisians the River Seine, and all the famous monuments (Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Louvre, Bastille, Champs Elysées, Notre Dame), including aerial views and busy street scenes.

The photos are organised by theme, together with a hyperlinked index. The book has been formatted with a mock “aged paper effect” background, to enhance the impression of a 1900's photo souvenir album. Supplied as a landscape format PDF file, for Acrobat Reader. Buy online for only $3.99

Also available as a Windows screensaver for $4.99

100+ French Cabaret Girls - Vintage Postcard Album

100+ French Cabaret Girls - Vintage Postcard Album

Paris in the Edwardian and Art Deco years boasted dozens of variety venues where groups of sexy girl starlets - dressed in sequined, feathery, sometimes revealing costumes, or body stockings - excited audiences each show: cabarets, music halls & vaudeville theaters, famous for their lavish musical spectacles - the Folies Bergères, Moulin Rouge, Ambassadeurs, Casino de Paris, the Opera Comique and Alcazar...

Some of these pretty ladies, the stage divas and beauty queens of their day, became stars whose legendary names are still familiar: Mata Hari, Jane Avril, Gaby Deslys, Lili Damita, Josephine Baker... performing dances such as the French Cancan.

Now you can enjoy a huge compendium of early artistes and chorus girls, portraits by famous studios and portrait photographers such as Reutlinger, Walery, Sazerac... compiled as a digital ebook album, with added rolling slideshow function. Over 100 images, many in beautiful hand-tinted color (no nudes). Fascinating to browse, for all fans of performing arts & classic glamour fashion, or makes a great alternative to a screen saver!

Buy & download today for just $3.49 !!      See also the new Volume II

Cancan Girls - an e-book album of vintage erotic nudes and postcards

Cancan Girls - an e-book album of vintage erotic nudes and postcards

Over 100 vintage erotic images - genuine old photos and postcards - frilly fillies, lacey ladies from France, from the Naughty Nineties to the Flappers of the Roaring Twenties, in one elegant e-book! Dancers from famous cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge often modelled in their spare time, and many of these images survive as postcards. Includes rare photos by famous pioneer photographers such as Nadar, Grundworth, Agelou and Calavas.

Exotic dancers, French maids in uniform, Parisian prostitutes in sexy stockings and suspenders, as well as a cheeky chorus line of cancan girls, ballet and belly dancers, actresses, artists' models, courtesans, Mata Haris, strip teasers, nudes, risqué lingerie, artistic poses and soft focus portraits - naughty Victorian, Edwardian, WWI and 20's beauties. Vive la difference!

Early color, sepia, hand tinted and B&W images. Mock parchment paper effect completes the Victorian "look-and-feel", perfect bedtime reading for a traveling gentleman's portable library... Fascinating insight into the "secret history" of ladies underwear and cosmetic fashion!

A quality image collection, The PDF version features mock aged paper for a Victorian "look-and-feel". Great value. A collector's item. Buy online for just $3.99

Also available as a Windows screensaver for $4.99

London, New York, Paris - Vintage Capital Screensaver

London, New York, Paris - Vintage Capital Screensaver

Over 120 digitized vintage postcard images from three of the world's greatest capital cities. Landmarks, historic buildings, early skyscrapers, bridges, parks, night scenes...  Beautiful and fascinating images of skylines and famous city scenery, as your grandparents might have seen them! Nostalgic and evocative. View the historic landmarks of England, France and NYC as a computer slideshow. 

Ideal and original identity or branding statement for architects, tourism or travel businesses. Makes an interesting and unusual gift.

Supplied as a .EXE installation file for Windows, with random transition effects between each image.

Once installed, to edit screensaver parameters, open your computer's Control Panel, select the Display icon, click on the Screensaver tab, and choose "London, Paris, NYC" from the list.  

Buy it online and download today - just $5.99

Victorian Drug Fiends - tales of opium eaters, cannabis, hasheesh, cocaine...

Victorian Drug Fiends - Classic Tales of Opium and Hashish!

A collection of infamous classics of drug literature: short stories, journalism, medical reports, poetry, visions, with vintage 19th century illustrations (prints, photos, postcards...), capturing the heady essence of Victorian drug culture. From the Romantic opium-eaters, to the Bohemian hashish fanatics, intrinsically linked to the underground art and literature of the era. Narcotics, opium dens, bhang, cannabis, hasheesh eaters, water pipes, halluncingens and hallucinations, dreamy afternoons and hedonistic nights of absinthe, reefer cigarettes and sex. Entertaining, often erotic... dare we say addictive?

A literary anthology of authors including Aleister Crowley, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Richard Burton, de Quincey, Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Bayard Taylor, Baudelaire, Dickens, and Louisa May Alcott! More than 200 pages! Hours of giddy entertainment. Now available as large-format (A4) perfect bound paperback, or as a PDF ebook to download!

Paperback for $14.98 or download it here for just $4.99 !! Hours of giddy entertainment!

Classic French Cancan Dancers - An Ebook Photo Album!

Classic French Cancan Dancers - An Ebook Photo Album!

This digital collection contains dozens of gorgeous photographic images, RPPCs, cheeky vintage postcards and old poster prints, many hand-colored, of some of the sexiest turn-of-the-century ladies from the famous Parisian music halls and revues, selected to capture the risqué spirit of the Golden Age of the French Cancan chorus line! Authentic photo postcards and studio shots of Cancan Girls on and off stage, lady artistes and exotic performers such as famous beauty Miss Saharet, pretty women in stage costumes, leggy showgirls in period skirts, plus models in lacy lingerie! A treasure trove of saucy pics, nostalgic photography and graphic art, conveniently packaged as a downloadable PDF ebook. Also includes free tasters for some of our other recent titles. Edited by Babette Abbeywood.

Great value at the special introductory price of just $3.75! Essential, downloadable acquisition for connoisseurs and amateur collectors of the performing arts. This luxury PDF edition comes with "parchment effect" paper background to give it the authentic look of an antique photo album! ** New 2008 Edition features dozens of great extra images!! **


0oh La La! French Cabaret Girls - Vintage Photo Slideshow / DVD Screen Wallpaper

0oh La La! French Cabaret Girls - Vintage Photo Slideshow / DVD Screen Wallpaper

Paris in the Edwardian and Art Deco years boasted dozens of variety venues where groups of sexy girl starlets - dressed in sequined, feathery, sometimes revealing costumes, or body stockings - excited audiences each show: cabarets, music halls & vaudeville theaters, famous for their lavish musical spectacles - the Folies Bergères, Moulin Rouge, Ambassadeurs, the Opera Comique, Casino de Paris and Alcazar...

A slideshow with random artistic transition effects between the images. The show lasts nearly an hour - four hundred vintage glamour images, many in beautiful hand-tinted color (includes some risqué or topless shots), with nostalgic, jazzy background tracks. Fascinating to browse, for all fans of performing arts & classic female fashions! Play it on your TV or computer screen. (Super resolution NTSC quality images.) Also includes a few snapshot tasters for some of our other vintage photo titles. Great mood setter for parties, stores, events...

Order it online for just $14.99 

101 Arabian Nights - an e-book album of vintage nudes & erotic photos

101 Arabian Nights - an e-book album of vintage nudes & erotic photos

In 1885 the English explorer and eroticist Sir Richard Burton published his famous translation of the 1001 Arabian Nights - a poetic masterpiece of oriental erotic literature. The Victorians were obsessed with fantasies of harems and slave girls, exotic desert palaces and veiled dancing girls. A host of early photographers such as Nadar, Moreau, Neurdein, Lehnert and Landrock were quick to exploit these obsessions - producing hundreds of portraits of Arab, Bedouin and Moorish women, in various states of artistic undress. Many have survived as postcards.

This ebook edition from FishesEye Publishing is an exclusive illustrated anthology of over 100 vintage risqué images, from the harems and kasbahs of Northern Africa and the Middle East, girls from the "quartiers reservés" and "maisons closes" of old British and French French colonies: Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Libya, Tunisia, Egypt... in our opinion many of the very best photos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Exotic belly dancers, seductive slave girls, servants, masseuses, water carriers - a host of pretty ladies. Early color, sepia, hand tinted and B&W images - photographs, prints and postcards.

The PDF version features "mottled paper" effect to complete the Victorian "look-and-feel". An essential addition for the serious collector of electronic erotica...    Great value - buy now online and download for only $3.99.

Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris - an illustrated guided tour

* Currency conversion rates last reviewed February 2006

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Vintage Travels in Japan - Unbeaten Tracks by Isabella Bird and Sketches of Japanese Manners and Customs by Lt. JMW Silver, illustrated PDF ebook edition

Vintage Travels in Japan

Two Victorian travellers' eye-witness accounts of their adventures while journeying through Japan. Filled with entertaining anecdotes, this special ebook edition is illustrated with dozens of beautiful and evocative photos (many hand-tinted), early postcards; antique prints and engravings. Landscapes, portraits, rural, domestic and urban scenes of traditional daily life, local ceremonies and customs, including marriage, crime and punishment, royal court life, festivals, hara-kiri suicide.

In her letters from 1878, published as Unbeaten Tracks In Japan, Isabella Bird complained about the "abominable weather" and the "insect pests". In Sketches of Japanese Manners and Customs, by Lieutenant J.M.W. Silver, from 1867, we discover the secrets of mixed bath houses, funerals, and criminal executions.

This joint re-edition is illustrated with dozens of beautiful and fascinating hand-tinted photos from the period, specially selected, plus prints and engravings. Supplied in PDF ebook format for Acrobat Reader. See a sample page

Download for just $4.95 or order a it in 8.5 x 11 inch printed paperback edition for $26.95

 

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