Rural Walks: by SMITH, Charlotte Turner (1749-1806).

SMITH, Charlotte Turner (1749-1806).

Rural Walks: in Dialogues. Intended for the use of Young Persons. By Charlotte Smith. In two volumes. Vol. I [II]. The Fourth Edition. London, Strachan for Cadell, 1800.

Fourth Edition. 12mo (145 x 80 mm), pp. vi, [ii], 174; [iv], 183, [1], in contemporary red morocco, elaborately gilt with front board lettered in gilt ‘Reward of Merit’ and back cover lettered ‘Anna Maria Wigley 1806’, both lettering inside hexagonal fillets with internal scroll, outer border of covers also elaborately gilt, spine lettered and gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.

A delightful pair of presentation bindings on these selections of short stories for young people. Charlotte Smith’s Rural Walks was first published in 1795 and was extremely popular, running to a number of editions and prompting the sequel, Rambles Farther, which was first published in 1796. All editions are fairly scarce, these particularly so. These two almost matching bindings provide a delightful example of familial presentation to a brother and sister.

Rural Walks: ESTC t165740, at BL, NLS, Private Collection and Yale.
Rambles Farther: ESTC t98235, at BL only.

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