A House Hunter in Europe

This antique hardcover book is bound in brown cloth boards, with mild edgewear. Light ex-lib. markings; most inner pages clean, though lightly browned and slightly brittle. Hinges a bit weak. 370 pages, including index; approx. 5"x7".

William Henry Bishop
Harper & Brothers, 1893

From "The Literary News" of August, 1893:

Somebody said that man was after all only a hermit crab in that he was always looking for a shell or house to live in. Mr Bishop's volume has something to do with house hunting, but this is apparently only a pleasing device of his. The looking up of a house brings acquaintance with a foreign city and a new country. You may look at a house in Tobolsk, if you please, with no idea of a residence in Siberia. With such a good excuse as hunting, an endless quantity of interesting information can be gathered.

Mr. Bishop improved his opportunities and he is the intelligent of inquirers. He did really want a house, and so he gives rentals in many cities in Europe with plans apartments, the wages paid to servants, and expenses for food. Mr Bishop's intention been to go abroad and live for two years. The two years were extended to five. In starting on a course of foreign residence, there was no fixed destination. Good schools, musical advantages, and improving society were not objective points. All were in good health, and what they wanted was to "gratify to the full that taste for antiquity and romantic tradition which is so very American, for all that it is the way of the world to represent us as so exclusivesy modern and practical." How much a man and wife with a baby could live for abroad is an important matter, and Mr Bishop wanted to carry on his literary work as well abroad as at home. But the mise ent scène - the surroundings - had to be good, and if a house or an apartment must be had there was no reason why a judicious selection should not be made. Full of practical information.