Publisher: London: Printed for Fielding and Walker, .
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Courtney & Nichol Smith, page 120; ESTC T80850.
Condition: Edges rubbed; hinges starting, but sound; text a little smudged and spotted; early ink scribbling on the blank portion of one page; very good copy.
Book ID: 28232
DescriptionSmall 8vo, contemporary calf, later black spine label, gilt decorations and lettering. Engraved title-page.
CommentsMinerva Press novelist Mary Ann Hanway traveled north to Scotland on a four-month tour in the summer of 1775, which she described in 17 letters to friends in London. She wrote that she was “resolved to travel rather critically than casually.” The critical aspect of her tour was directed at Samuel Johnson and his recently published A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, which Hanway described as a “volume of vacancy” that was unappreciative of Scottish hospitality and unduly harsh of its culture and scenery. Her trip began in Edinburgh and continued to Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Inverary, Stirling and further north to Dalvey, along many of the same roads and to many of the same landmarks as visited by Johnson and Boswell. Hanway’s letters also include numerous other literary references and a poem she wrote about Rosline Castle, where she stayed for several days.