T.p. epigraph: [Let us become acquainted with the beauties of our own country, before we explore those of a foreign land. Hints to Travellers.]; from John Marriott, Hints to a Traveller into Foreign Countries (1816).
Attribution: ‘To the Reader’ (signed ‘The Author’) identifies the author as female and suggests a private limited edition: ‘a few copies distributed among those whom friendship or acquaintance might render willing to receive a memorial of the respect and regard of the author’ (dated ‘St. James’s Square, July 6th, 1822’). John Martin, Bibliographical Catalogue, 2nd edn (1854), notes an attribution of the work to Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington (1789-1849): ‘In Mr. Eyton’s catalogue, celebrated for a very large collection of privately printed books, it is said to be by the late Countess of Blesington [sic]’ (299). The final entry in the text, dated 2 October 1820, coincides also with Blessington's return to London reported by The Morning Post for that day.
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