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First Impressions on a Tour upon the Continent in the Summer of 1818, Through Parts of France, Italy, Switzerland, the Borders of Germany, and a Part of French Flanders
London: John Murray, 1819. 8vo, contemporary acid-stained brown calf, gilt decorated and lettered spine. Frontispiece, three aquatint illustrations and one engraved plate. The first of two travel narratives by English poet Marianne Baillie (1775-1831), written with a "ladylike attitude to touring" (Robinson), in which she extols the beautiful, but is easily uncomfortable with surroundings to which she is unaccustomed. In her reserved preface, Baillie apologizes for leaning toward romance in her prose and an inclination to imitate the travel writing of Ann Radcliffe. The artist of the aquatint illustrations is not identified, but Baillie did the illustrations in a similar style for her second travelogue about Portugal, and it is likely she did these as well. Some light foxing and stains; fine copy. Colbert; Robinson, page 275; Pine-Coffin, page 175; ODNB [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop, ABAA [San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.]
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