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Record Number: 6620


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I have no enthusiasm-cui bono? I always ask myself. It would be irksome, & impossible, in this state of my sheet, to criticise the elegant and ingenious rather than powerful or philosophical narrative which Horace Benedict Saussure gives of his journeys in the Alps. I am in the third quarto- Nor shall I speak about Biot's traite de physique of which, to tell the truth, I have scarcely read 100 pages.'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 27 Nov 1818 and 8 Jan 1819

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Edinburgh

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

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Jean Baptiste Biot

Title:

Traite de Physique

Genre:

Science

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

published 1816, 4 vols

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

6620

Source:

Print

Author:

Thomas Carlyle

Editor:

CR Sanders

Title:

The Collected letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Place of Publication:

Durham, North Carolina

Date of Publication:

1970

Vol:

1

Page:

158

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Thomas Carlyle, CR Sanders (ed.), The Collected letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, (Durham, North Carolina, 1970), 1, p. 158, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=6620, accessed: 27 February 2021


Additional Comments:

Taken from letter from Carlyle to James Johnston, dated 8th January 1819, written at Edinburgh. Pages 155-159 in this edition. I cannot find a reference to Carlyle obtaining the work (to give a start date for an estimated date range) - so the start date of this date range is an estimate. Publication information given by Editor of this edition of Carlyle's letters.

   
   
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