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Xavier de Maistre

Journey Round My Room
Ross Anderson, Xavier de Maistre
Art Library Rare Books Collection PQ 2342 .M3 V613 2007

In 1790, as a young officer in the Piedmontese army, Xavier de Maistre participated in a duel. It is not known whether his opponent perished or was wounded; de Maistre records no injury to himself. As punishment for the duel he was confined to his own quarters in Turin for 42 days. During his house arrest he wrote this short book. The conceit is that although the author is incarcerated, he is free to travel in his imagination.