Publisher: Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus, 1818.
Edition: Second edition, considerably revised; the first was published in 1813.
Condition: Edges a little worn; spines slightly faded; very good copy.
Book ID: 28300
Description2 vols, 8vo, contemporary quarter paper spines, marbled paper boards, gilt lettering, untrimmed. With half-titles.
CommentsBetween 1803 and 1805, Johanna Schopenhauer (1766-1838) traveled extensively with her family in England and Scotland. She is known today primarily as the mother of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), but in her time she was a popular novelist and travel writer, and she hosted a prominent literary salon in Weimar. This second edition was significantly reorganized, with a new preface explaining the changes. In addition to descriptions of the great country houses (Blenheim and Chatsworth among them), landmarks (the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court) and cultural life in London (particularly the theater), Schopenhauer describes the industrial north, coal mines, a munitions factory, a steel mill, and offers her observations on industrialization and social conditions of the working families, in the vein of Harriet Martineau. Bookplate of Bibliotheca Congregationis SS. Redemtoris on the front paste-downs and their small shelf label at the feet of the spines.