Lyon dissertation no. 9. MS

Title Lyon dissertation no. 9. MS
Date 1785 - 1787
Type Academic prize contest entry
Physical Description Bibliothèque de l'Académie de Lyon, MS 237-3, ff. 135-150.
Language French
Content Advice on educational benefits of travel
Advice on note taking and writing travels
General discussion of the utility of travel
Instructions on health during travels
Scheme or exemplar for description
NotesThe reviewer of the Lyon contest, count Laurencin, discarded this dissertation in absolute despair at having to read such poor works. It is indeed a collection of clichés, written in a pompous style which might be attempting to impress, but falls flat.

The dissertation declares travel to be useful, when performed correctly, and recommends a Mentor to accompany the youngster. Someone who has travelled is much better prepared to face any situation than those who remained in their homes; travelling also benefits the body.

The only original feature of the text is offering, in the second half, advice and an examplar for the description of a non-specified country (a city and the surrounding countryside) - a practice that was widespread in 16th-century apodemic texts, but less usual in the 18th.