Publisher: London: Hugh Cunningham, 1842.
Edition: First and edition.
Bibliographical References: Theakstone, page 430.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed and faded; very good copy.
Book ID: 28030
Description8vo, 19th century green half calf, marbled paper boards, red leather spine label, gilt rules and lettering. Frontis and two lithographed plates. Errata leaf.
CommentsAn entertaining and substantial travel narrative by Lady Anna Vavasour, which she began in May, 1840, to the spas of Germany, with an excursion by carriage to Italy. Lady Vavasour’s observations, particularly on the economic conditions of the people she encounters, are perceptive: “If as much money was spent in the prevention of crime as there is in the punishment, it then would be a great improvement. Idleness is the mother, and poverty the father of crime.” The purpose of her book was also unusual: to raise money for a school to train farmers in Ireland, where she had recently resided. The three lithographs are well executed and the text handsomely printed by Charles Whittingham.