Wolverhampton BTW

About Women’s Travel Writing 1780-1840

History, Scope, and Aims
Credits and Acknowledgements
Sources and Abbreviations
How to Cite the Database
Contact Details
Copyright

History, Scope, and Aims

Based on some 25 years research by the Principal Investigator, Dr Benjamin Colbert, Women's Travel Writing, 1780-1840 is part of a larger project (British Travel Writing) aiming to provide a definitive bibliographical database of travel writings published in Britain and Ireland between 1780 and 1840, including translations. The full database contains approximately 4,000 entries, of which 220 can be identified as involving women as authors or contributors, a figure that belies the importance of the period in the development and professionalization of women’s travel writing.

For the purposes of this database and the British Travel Writing project more generally, travel writing is here defined in terms of genre (narratives, guidebooks, illustrated letterpress plate books, topographical descriptions, and collections); witness (accounts derived from actual tours); and place of publication (Britain and Ireland). Travel novels, poetry, and other forms of fiction have generally been excluded, although an exception has been made for travel storybooks for children that are based on an author’s actual tour or contain abridgements of third-party tours (de facto collections). Other exclusions include:

The majority of entries concern women as principal authors or co-authors, but other roles such as editor or illustrator are included so long as contributions to the book are not peripheral. Women’s roles as translators of travel books have now been added to the database.

Each entry contains links from author names to short biographies, many based on original research. The title, publisher's imprint, and printer's colophon of each item have been transcribed accurately and in full from inspected texts (see 'Copy inspected') or reconstructed from available bibliographical resources (see 'Sources'). For titles, capitalization is standardized following the MLA Style Guide and line breaks are not indicated. Title page epigraphs, if any, are reproduced and identified in the Notes; title page engravings are also described. Titles that do not include author attributions can be assumed to have been published anonymously, unless otherwise indicated in the Notes. Entries also include a physical description of the book ('Format'), its Genre, a unique BTW record number, and the main Region(s) covered by the book's content. In addition to title page epigraphs and illustrations, the Notes also include include further editions (including foreign printings and translations), dedications, and reviews.

The database remains a work in progress and will be updated periodically as and when new information about authors and texts becomes available. Project updates and features will appear on the News and Events page and will also be blogged on the CTTR 'transculture' blog.

Credits and Acknowledgements

The project team comprises Dr Benjamin Colbert (Principal Investigator) of the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR), University of Wolverhampton, and Professor Anthony Mandal (Database Consultant), of the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR), Cardiff University.

Over the years, the project has benefited greatly from discussions with the CEIR team, including Dr Mandal, Professor Bill Bell (formerly Director of the Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh), Professor David Skilton, and Professor Julia Thomas. While at CEIR and later the University of Edinburgh, Professor Peter Garside’s interest in and support for the project have played no small part in establishing it on its present footing.

An earlier MySQL database version was developed by Paul Smith, BA Hons Computer Science, University of Wolverhampton, and now of AuraQ, and we gratefully acknowledge his work here. External consultant Chris Veness of Movable Type Ltd. has played an invaluable role in designing and developing the present database.

At Wolverhampton, the project team would also like to thank Dr Alix Bergeret of the Department of Computer Sciences; Martin Evans, IT Technician for the Faculty of Arts; and Matthew Green, Rachel Candlin, and Jason Musgrove of IT Services, for their collective help in furthering the development of the database and finding it a permanent server host. The site is presently maintained by Robert Cutler of IT Services at the University of Wolverhampton.

Finally, the team are grateful to Dr John Pymm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, for recognizing the potential of the database with a research development grant, without which it could not have appeared in its present form. More recently, we gratefully acknowledge a research grant from the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust, which has brought the women's travel writing phase of the larger British Travel Writing project to completion.

Sources and Abbreviations

Sources

Abbey
Abbey, John Roland, Travel in Aquatint and Lithography, 1770-1860, from the Library of J. R. Abbey: A Bibliographical Catalogue, Repr. edn, 2 vols (Folkestone: Dawsons, 1972) [Vol. 1: World, Europe, Africa; Vol. 2: Asia, Oceania, Antarctica, America]
BBT
John P. Anderson, The Book of British Topography: A Classified Catalogue of the Topographical Works in the Library of the British Museum Relating to Great Britain and Ireland. By John P. Anderson, with a New Introduction by Professor Jack Simmons, University of Leicester (East Ardsley: EP Publishing Ltd, 1976)
BWW
Joanne Shattock, The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)
B&D
Elizabeth A. Bohls and Ian Duncan, eds, Travel Writing 1700-1830: An Anthology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)
Brand
C. P. Brand, ‘A Bibliography of Travel Books Describing Italy Published in England, 1800-1850’, Italian Studies 11 (1956): 108-17
Coolidge
W. A. B. Coolidge, Swiss Travel and Swiss Guide Books (London: Longman, Green, and Co., 1889)
Corvey
Catalogue of English Travel Literature in the Micro-Edition of the Fürstliche Bibliothek Corvey (Olms Neue Medien, 1998)
Cox
Edward G. Cox, A Reference Guide to the Literature of Travel, 3 vols (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1935-49)
DLB
Dictionary of Literary Biography
DBITI
A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy, comp. John Ingamells (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1997)
GKress
Goldsmith-Kress Microfilm Series
Lawrence
Karen R. Lawrence, Penelope Voyages: Women and Travel in the British Literary Tradition (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1994)
Leask
Nigel Leask, Curiosity, and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing, 1770-1840 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
LTE
Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia, ed. Jennifer Speake, 3 vols (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003)
McVeagh
John McVeagh, Irish Travel Writing: A Bibliography (Dublin: Wolfhound Press, 1996)
Mitchell
Arthur Mitchell, ‘A List of Travels, Tours, Journeys, Voyages, Cruises, Excursions, Wanderings, Rambles, Visits, Etc., Relating to Scotland’. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 35 (1900-01)
ODCB
Dictionary of Canadian Biography, University of Toronto/Université Laval, Online, 2003–
ODNB
Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Online, 2004
PC
R. S. Pine-Coffin, Bibliography of British and American Travel in Italy to 1860 (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 1974)
Robinson
Jane Robinson, Wayward Women: A Guide to Women Travellers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990)
TEE
Travels, Explorations and Empires, 1770-1835, edited by Tim Fulford and Peter J. Kitson, 2 sets of 4 vols (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2)
Theakstone
Theakstone, John, An Alphabetical Bibliography of Books by Victorian and Edwardian Women Travellers Published between 1837 and 1910, Online, 2002
Turner
Katherine Turner, British Travel Writers in Europe 1750-1800 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001)
Weber 1
Shirley H. Weber, Voyages and Travels in the Near East Made during the Nineteenth Century (Princeton: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1952)
Weber 2
Shirley H. Weber, 'Voyages and Travels in Greece, the Near East and Adjacent Regions Made Previous to the Year 1801', Catalogue of the Gennadius Library 2 (Princeton: The American School of Classical Studies in Athens, 1953)

Locations (Libraries)

ANL
Austrian National Library
BSL
Bavarian State Library
Bodl
Bodleian Library
BL
British Library
BRef
Birmingham City Reference Library (UK)
CUL
Cambridge University Library
ColUL
Columbia University Library
DUL
Duke University Library
FLP
Free Library of Philadelphia
GI
Getty Institute
Harv
Harvard
Hunt
Huntington Library
JRL
John Rylands University Library, Manchester
LC
Library of Congress
LPL
Lyon Public Library
NAL
National Art Library, London
NLS
National Library of Scotland
NLW
National Library of Wales
NUL
Newcastle University Library
NYPL
New York Public Library
PSUL
Pennsylvania State University Library
PUL
Princeton University Library
SNL
Swiss National Library
SRLF
Southern Regional Library Facility, UCLA
SUL
Stanford University Library
TrC
Trinity College, Dublin
UAlb
University of Alberta Library, Canada
UBirm
University of Birmingham (UK)
UCB
University of California, Berkeley
UCL
University of Chicago Library
ULau
University of Lausanne Library
UMich
University of Michigan Library
UMinn
University of Minnesota Library
URL
University Research Library, UCLA
URLSC
University Research Library, UCLA, Special Collections
UT
University of Toronto
UV
University of Virginia
UWM
University of Wisconsin - Madison
YUL
Yale University Library

Journals

AJRM
Antijacobin Review and Magazine
BrC
British Critic
EdR
Edinburgh Review
Gent. Mag.
Gentlemans Magazine
MM
Monthly Magazine
MR
Monthly Review
QR
Quarterly Review

Databases

ASP
Alexander Street Press
BL19thC
British Library Nineteenth-Century Collections Online
ECCO
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online
ESTC
English Short Title Catalogue (incl. Eighteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue)
Google
Google Books [Full-Text Database]
HT
HathiTrust [Full-Text Database]
IA
Internet Archive [Full-Text Database]
NSTC
Nineteenth-Century Short Title Catalogue, CD-ROM
OCLC
OCLC WorldCat

Other

2o
Folio
4o
Quarto
8o
Octavo
12o
Duodecimo
attrib.
attributed (to / by)
c.
circa
edn
edition
fl.
flourished
fr.
from
front.
frontispiece
lst.
listed in
n.p.
no publisher
n.s.
new series
p.; pp
page; pages
publ.
published
rev.
Reviewed by
s.
series
t.p.
title page
trans.
translated (by)
v. / vol.
volume
x
not in (e.g. xNSTC)

How to Cite the Database

General references to the database should employ the following formula:

Benjamin Colbert, Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840, designer Movable Type Ltd. <www.wlv.ac.uk/btw> [date accessed].

Subsequent citations can be shortened to

Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840.

Referring to specific records within the Database

Benjamin Colbert, Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840, designer Movable Type Ltd. <www.wlv.ac.uk/btw/texts/{record}> [date accessed]: BTW Record No.

e.g.

See the record for Mary Boddington’s Sketches in the Pyrenees (1837), in Benjamin Colbert, Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840, designer Movable Type Ltd. <www.wlv.ac.uk/btw/texts/1024> [20 June 2015]: BTW1024.

with subsequent citations as follows:

See the record for Sophie Dixon’s A Journal of Eighteen Days Excursion (1830), Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840: BTW1047.

Contact Details

For more information or to make comments/suggestions, please contact:

Dr Benjamin Colbert
Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research
School of Humanities Faculty of Arts
University of Wolverhampton
Wulfruna Street
WV1 1LY
United Kingdom

Email: B.Colbert@wlv.ac.uk

© Copyright of DWTW belongs to Dr Benjamin Colbert of the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, University of Wolverhampton, whose research provides the core data; copyright in the structure and design of the database belongs to Movable Type Ltd. Access is provided solely for the purposes of research, teaching, private study, and general interest. Prior written permission is required for any alteration or redistribution of the database, or a substantial portion thereof in any form, including electronic; prior written permission is also required for any commercial exploitation of the database’s contents. Proper acknowledgement should be made when citing or quoting materials. For details on citing materials found in DWTW, please follow this link.