ANN RADCLIFFE’S 1794 TRAVELS IN REVOLUTIONARY EUROPE
RADCLIFFE, Ann. Journey Made in the Summer of 1794, Through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany, With a Return Down the Rhine: To Which are Added Observations During a Tour to the Lakes of Lancashire, Westmoreland, and Cumberland. London: printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, 1795. Quarto, modern three-quarter tan calf, beige cloth boards, raised bands, gilt-decorated spine, red morocco labels, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. $1200.
First edition of Radcliffe’s description of the Rhine valley during the spreading disorder caused by the French Revolution.
Radcliffe’s descriptions provide valuable insights into European life as the continent succumbed to war and revolution. Her travels took her to devastated regions of Germany, which she contrasts with her beloved English countryside. The plainspoken style of this work is distinctly different from her seminal gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, which Sir Walter Scott believed she was writing or revising on this trip. Allibone, 1721.
A fine copy, handsomely bound by Asprey.