Martineau's Complete Guide to the English Lakes.
MARTINEAU Harriet ((1855).)
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Folding map, steel engraved illustrations by T.L. Aspland and W. Banks. Second edition. Small 8vo., original tan cloth, blocked in blind and gilt. Windermere, John Garnett.
Published the same year as the First edition in 4to. Signed on the title page 'H. Martineau'. Martineau spent a large part of her later life in Ambleside, her guide to the Lakes being regarded as definitive until the beginning of the twentieth century. She herself became a tourist attraction, so much so that when she became ill her doctor wrote to the newspapers declaring the 'absolute necessity' of literary tourists 'not harassing her by the intrusion of visits of mere idle curiosity'.
Martineau was able to support herself throughout her life by her writing, which extended to many books and much journalism, and is now credited with being one of the first sociologists, her work taking a wide moral overview of her concerns, from political economy to the education of young women, from slavery to the plight of the working poor. She translated Auguste Comte's 'Cours de Philosophie Positive', regarded as the founding text of the science of Sociology, so well that Comte had her version translated back into French.
Head and tail of spine nicked and rubbed, rear hinge split.
Stock Code: 221298