London: Printed by Dean & Munday for B. & R Crosby, 1814. First Mary Meeke translation. Several American editions preceded this publication. Frontispiece and engraved title after George Cruikshank. Frontispiece and engraved title foxed. A very good copy. Contemporary brown calf over marbled boards. Gilt spine with black morocco label. Twelvemo. 196 +  pp. publisher's ads. Item #15883
This is the last book of Romantic novelist Sophie Cottin (1770-1807). Cottin, who was unable to conceive children and whose husband died when she was in her twenties, was a follower of Rousseau and an advocate of his ideas relating to the traditional roles of women. She produced several novels, which were widely read and translated into several languages, of which this is the most famous. It is the story of a young woman who travels from Siberia to St. Petersburghto secure a pardon for her exiled father.
Mary Meeke (1744/5?–1816?) produced more than thirty-four novels, many under the pseudonym of Gabrielli. Often published by the Minerva Press, her novels were marked by their melodramatic plots. Longtime readers of her work included Macaulay and Mary Mitford. She also made a number of translations from the French. Cohn 270.