Publisher: London: Edward Moxon, 1844.
Edition: First edition, with later issue ads.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL III, 762; Pine-Coffin 840-3; Robinson, pages 244-45; Theaskstone, page 379; ODNB.
Condition: Cloth a little faded and spotted; fine copy.
Book ID: 27902
Description2 vols, 8vo, original blind-stamped plumb cloth, gilt lettering. Six-page publisher's catalogue dated April 1, 1847 in volume one.
CommentsAn account of Mary Shelley’s travels in Europe on two occasions, mostly to Italy, published to raise money for a young Italian revolutionary, Ferdinando Gatteschi. It was to be her last book. She modeled Rambles on her first book, History of a Six Weeks’ Tour (1817), also set in Europe, but in this second travelogue she weaves in commentary on the complicated political situation in Italy. In the preface she praises Lady Morgan’s work on Italy published in 1821 as being “dear to the Italians,” and throughout the travelogue revisits places she had been to over two decades earlier with Percy Bysshe Shelley, Byron, Keats, the Hunts, et al.