A Summer Amongst the Bocages and the Vines - Louisa Stuart Costello 1840 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition ‘Normandy is allowed to be one of the most beautiful and moist cultivated parts of France; a fact which no one can feel any inclination to dispute, who, leaving the clean and lively port of Southampton, takes his passage in summer weather to Havre, and lands at that bustling town, amidst the screaming of innumerable parrots and the noise and clamour of French commissionaires.

Costello’s charming narrative of her ‘continental summer tour’ in France, featuring four full-page lithographs, including frontispieces, and numerous in text wood engravings. Beginning in Havre, Costello’s journey takes her through Normandy, Brittany, Nantes, the Loire, Paris and Rouen.

‘Well informed, easy to read, and cheerfully inviting, her books did the early days of tourism a great service by recommending simple itineraries with plenty of historical and topographical interest. It wasn’t long before Mr. Cook’s clients were bustling all over France and beyond, armed with Miss Costello’s good advice’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women.
  Louisa Costello combined three considerable talents to become the first professional lady travel writer: she was an accomplished artist, a successful author (poet, novelist, and historian), and an experienced and imaginative tourist.

Her father’s death in 1815 left Costello’s family in a precarious financial situation, and in order to help, Louisa moved to Paris, where she could best paint and market the miniature portraits at which she excelled. Upon her return to England in 1820 she began writing, and after each of her subsequent tours to the Continent, published an illustrated account of her experiences.

References: Robinson,
Wayward Women 177. Hook, The New Monthly Magazine, Volume 60 1840 web.
pp. xii 411 [1]; viii [2] 358 Original blind stamped dark green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, yellow endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, minor wear to extremities, boards bright and gilt sharp, 2cm damp mark to lower right hand corner, which shows on four lithographic plates but does not affect text pages. Evidence of former bookplate or perhaps prize plate to front free endpapers.   Ref: 107035   Price: HK$ 2,900