Item #17623 Unprotected Females in Sicily, Calabria, and on the Top of Mount Ætna. With coloured illustrations. Emmeline Lowe.
Unprotected Females in Sicily, Calabria, and on the Top of Mount Ætna. With coloured illustrations.
Unprotected Females in Sicily, Calabria, and on the Top of Mount Ætna. With coloured illustrations.
Unprotected Females in Sicily, Calabria, and on the Top of Mount Ætna. With coloured illustrations.
Unprotected Females in Sicily, Calabria, and on the Top of Mount Ætna. With coloured illustrations.

Unprotected Females in Sicily, Calabria, and on the Top of Mount Ætna. With coloured illustrations.

London: Routledge, Warnes, and Routledge, 1859. First edition. This is the second of two books by Emmeline “Emily” Lowe (ca. 1835 – 1897) on the topic of “unprotected” women travelers—that is, women who traveled without the supervision of a man. Lowe had previously recorded her travels in Europe with her mother, Helen E. Lowe (d. 1882), in Unprotected Females in Norway (1857), and returned to the topic for the present work, which narrates the journey they took to Italy in late 1857. With the bookplate of Larry McMurtry. Foxing to verso of first plate and some toning to leaves. A remarkably bright, near fine copy of an uncommon book. Publisher’s purple cloth with gilt spine. Cloth expertly repaired at hinges and head and tail of spine. Pale yellow endpapers. Octavo. xi, [1, blank], 265, 32 [publisher’s ads] pp. Item #17623

The two women proudly traveled without men, and Lowe remarked in her first book, “ladies alone get on in traveling much better than with gentlemen…men are sure to go into passions and make rows, if things are not right immediately. Should ladies have no escort with them, then every one is so civil, and trying of what use they can be…The only use of a gentleman in travelling is to look after the luggage, and we take care to have no luggage,” (Unprotected Females in Norway, p. 3).

OCLC records ten physical copies, only three in North America (Yale, University of Toronto, University of Alberta). Robinson, Jane. Wayward Women, p. 117. Theakstone, John. Victorian & Edwardian Women Travellers, p. 260.

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