London: John Harris, [ 1827]. First edition. With six plates, including frontispiece, each with three panels illustrating educational scenes. Some rubbing to extremities and dustsoiling to boards. With printed bookseller’s label and small bookplate to front pastedown. Some light intermittent foxing. A very good copy. Publisher’s buff paper boards with red morocco spine stamped in gilt. Twelvemo. xii, 212,  ads pp. Item #17056
Christian Isobel Johnstone, née Todd (1781 – 1857) published her first novel, Clan-Albin, in 1815, and shortly after became co-editor of the weekly Inverness, Scotland newspaper. Johnstone gave the publication a literary distinction by contributing her own fiction, and she and her husband became central members of Edinburgh’s literary scene. She went on to edit several other periodicals including the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle, The Schoolmaster and Edinburgh Magazine, and Johnstone’s Edinburgh Magazine, founded by Johnstone and her husband. In 1834, Johnstone’s incorporated Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine, and Johnstone focused on publishing the work of women writers like Catherine Gore, Mary Howitt, and Mary Russell Mitford. Johnstone also filled most of the magazine’s literature section with her own fiction and criticism.
Thomas De Quincey, contributor of over forty articles under her editorship, described Johnstone as “of admirable genius…cultivating the profession of authorship with absolutely no sacrifice or loss of human dignity.”.