Publisher: London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1796.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T38577; Colbert; Robinson, pages 251-52; NCBEL II, 1255; Windle A7a.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; spine labels a little chipped; very good copy.
Book ID: 28288
Description8vo, contemporary sprinkled calf rebacked, black morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering. Without the final advertisement leaf.
CommentsIn early summer 1795 Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) traveled with her daughter Fanny and servant Marguerite from London to Denmark and on to Norway and Sweden. Her purpose was not travel for travel’s sake, but rather she was on a mission to assist Gilbert Imlay, her lover and the father of her daughter, resolve a lawsuit with a Norwegian business partner who had apparently swindled him. Both the destination of her travel, the Baltic countries, and her mercantile reason for going were highly unusual for a woman. It has even been suggested that this is the first account of an English woman traveling on business, even though the purpose of the trip nor Imlay are referred to in the text. She did, however, carefully record details about the commerce, politics and characteristics of countries through which she traveled, which she used to contrast with the way of life in England and France. The text is followed by appendices on military and economic matters. Wollstonecraft’s travel narrative was positively reviewed. Robert Southey said it made him fall in love with a cold climate, frost and snow. See Janet Todd, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Revolutionary Life, pages 315-52. Ink signature dated 1797 on the title-page.