|Title||Instructive Rambles in London, and the Adjacent Villages. Designed to Amuse the Mind, and Improve the Understanding of Youth. By Elizabeth Helme. In Two Volumes.|
|Publisher’s imprint||London: Printed for T. N. Longman, Paternoster Row; and E. Newbery, St. Paul’s Church-Yard. 1798.|
|Format||12o; 2 vols: pp. xii. 189(I), viii. 169(II); plates|
|Copy inspected||ECCO BL; Google Harv|
1) T.p. epigraph: [“Let us consider that youth is of no long duration; and that in maturer age, when the enchantments of fancy shall cease, and phantoms of delight no more dance about us, we shall have no comfort but the esteem of wise men, and the means of doing good.”]; from Samuel Johnson, Rasselas (1759), ch. 17.
2) Editions: 1800, 1812(6th), 1818(7th), 1825(8th).
3) Reviews: Analytic Rev. 28 (Oct. 1798): 427; Critical Rev. 25 (Jan. 1799): 108-109; Monthly Rev. 35 (July 1801): 313.
4) In the sequel to Instructive Rambles, entitled Instructive Rambles Extended (BTW1082), Helme suggests the two works combine 'her rambles among the real objects of curiosity in the metropolis' with 'her excursions in the regions of fiction' (ii). While metropolitan tourism frames the fiction, both texts subordinate travel matter to historical dialogues and tales told by the characters.
5) Full text links: Google, vol. 1; vol. 2
|BTW record no.||BTW1081|