London: Printed for J. and A. Arch, 1816. Second edition, “very considerably enlarged.” The first edition was published in a single volume as Narrative of a Tour Taken in 1667 to La Grande Chartreuse and Alet (1813). It is based upon the work of Jansenist monk and grammarian Dom Claude Lancelot, which was published in his Memoirs of St. Cyran (1738). Preliminaries and endpapers a bit foxed, very light staining to terminal blanks. A near fine copy. Tan calf ruled in gilt, gilt spine with reddish brown and brown spine labels and repeating floral pattern in three compartments. Two volumes, octavo. xxxii, 254; viii, 338 pp. Item #16618
Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck (1778-1856) was the daughter of the Birmingham Quaker and gunmaker, Samuel Galton, a member of the Lunar Society, at whose house such intellectuals as Richard Lovell Edgeworth, and Erasmus Darwin were frequent visitors. She also wrote the artistic treatise The Theory and Classification of Beauty and Deformity (1815). Her interest in the Port Royal group was prompted by books sent to her by Hannah More. In the Preface, Schimmelpenninck writes, “The following little work is...intended to introduce Port Royal to the general reader, by giving [an] account of that celebrated Institution...The first [tract] has been named Lancelot’s Tour because its substratum and many of its materials were taken from Lancelot’s Voyage d’Alet.
The three succeeding tracts [include] the Abbé de St. Cyran and Jansenius, and a short sketch of the...Port Royal. These...were compiled from various works, amongst which, however, Lancelot and Fontaine’s Memoires, the Dictionnaire Historique, and Racine’s Histoire Abrégée, bore a prominent part” (pp. viii-xviii).