The Scientific Indian

Traveller’s manual

Behold this book title: Traveller’s Manual for French Persons in Germany and German Persons in France. Such clarity of purpose! This was a French-German phrase book Published in 1799 in France by one Caroline-Stephanie-Felicite Du Crest de Saint-Aubin.

Learnt about this remarkable manual from another more contemporary book I have been reading, The Discovery of France by Graham Robb, a brilliant and engaging exploration of France and Frenchness.