Publisher: London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert; ODNB.
Condition: A few leaves dust-soiled and browned; very good copy.
Book ID: 28266
Description8vo, modern green buckram, gilt lettering, untrimmed. Partially unopened.
CommentsOne of three travelogues by Scottish novelist Elizabeth Isabella Spence (1768-1832), written in 32 letters dedicated to fellow Scottish novelist, Jane Porter. Spence was a self-sufficient woman, who from an early age supported herself by writing. Her Scottish Letters were written from the point of view of the cultivated tourist, and her learning is evident in the descriptions of Scottish art, literature, landscape and architecture. And though they were criticized in Scotland for excessive enthusiasms and lapses in factual details, they were an important contribution to the Romantic era interpretation of Scottish culture. Spence was a friend of many in the literary scene of the era, including the Porter sisters, Letitia Landon and Caroline Lamb; with her friend Elizabeth Ogilvy Berger, she hosted literary gatherings at her home on Portman Square, London; and she was maternally related to the distinguished Fordyce family of Scotland.