Publisher: London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1828.
Edition: First edition.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 28241
Description8vo, contemporary brown calf, brown morocco spine label, gilt decorations and lettering. Bound without the half-title.
CommentsIn 1783, Mary Berry (1763-1852), author and friend and editor of Horace Walpole, went on the Grand Tour of Europe with her father and sister Agnes, and returned there, particularly to France, many times. Her richly woven Comparative View represents observations gathered in over thirty-five years of travel to France, during which she was a keen observer and reporter. While not descriptive of the sights and scenes or the arduousness of the journey, Berry’s writings are insightful social commentary, similar to the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft, Helen Maria Williams and Harriet Martineau. In 1831 Berry published a companion volume which brought her cultural study forward from 1789 to 1830.