The Observant Pedestrian Mounted

[ANON.] The Observant Pedestrian Mounted; or a Donkey Tour to Brighton, a comic sentimental novel. In three volumes. By the author of The Mystic Cottager–Observant Pedestrian–Montrose–Splendid Follies, &c. London, for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1815.

First edition. Three twelvemo volumes, (160 x 104 mm). Near-contemporary dark green cloth, front covers with the royal arms of Britain and Hanover stamped in blind, back covers with blind central cartouche, spines titled in gilt with large gilt ornaments either side, red sprinkled edges, from the Hanoverian royal library at Marienberg with pencilled shelf-mark on the inside front cover of vol. I. With the half-titles in each volume. A fine copy.

FIRST EDITION, rare: we locate only four copies worldwide, the BL copy in Britain to which OCLC adds 2 copies in America and a third defective copy, lacking 2 title-pages. This is the third in a series of a comic tours by this female author, succeeding The Observant Pedestrian …In a solitary tour from Caernarvon to London (1795) and Farther Excursions of the Observant Pedestrian, exemplified in a tour to Margate (1801). Contemporary reviewers praised the humour and realistic details, but complained of hackneyed jokes shoe-horned into the text and lack of plot. The author published a number of novels and a volume of poetry between 1794 and 1816. Item #00391

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