London: Printed and Sold by Darton and Harvey, Gracechurch-Street, 1806. First edition. With a frontispiece 16” by 14” fold-out copper engraved map printed in black with hand-colored accents showing the route traveled. Some rubbing to sheep. Open tear to edge of fold-out map, not affecting text. Some toning to edges and some foxing to title-page but overall a very good, tight, and clean copy. Contemporary dark brown sheep. Stamped in gilt on spine, with red morocco label lettered and ruled in gilt. Twelvemo. iv, , 420,  pp. Final  pages are an itinerary of the locations visited during the voyages recounted in the text. Item #16757
Wakefield was the author of moral fiction for children, travel literature, and introductory science texts on botany and entomology. She valued educating children in as many areas of focus as possible; her instructional children’s fiction covered topics from politics and trade to natural history to decorative art. As a philanthropist, Wakefield’s projects included establishing a pension fund and a savings bank for the poor, as well as paying expenses for and providing supplies to midwives.
The Dartons, G993. Howes, W21. Sabin, 100980.