Retrospection: or A Review of the Most Striking and Important Events, Characters, Situations, and their Consequences, which the last Eighteen Hundred Years have Presented to the View of Mankind.
Place and Imprint: London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1801.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Rothschild 1553; NCBEL II, 1595.
Condition: Edges a little rubbed; some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 28558
Physical Description2 vols, 4to, contemporary half calf, blue paste-paper boards, red morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering. Frontis portrait. Without the half-titles and eight-page publisher's catalogue in volume two, but with the four pages of Stockdale's proposal for the publication of maps.
CommentsA sweeping chronological history of the world in 540 pages, from the birth of Christ to 1800, told in the entertaining, informal style of Hester Lynch Piozzi (1741-1821). Retrospection was written and published to celebrate (and profit from) the turn of the century, for which Piozzi proposed a £1,000 advance. John Stockdale agreed to her terms, but Retrospection was not a commercial success. It is an early example of a history of the world by a woman - though not the first. It took Piozzi at least five years to complete.
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