British Empire - Wakefield c1804
MAP of British Isles engraved for Priscilla Wakefield's Family Tour c1804
Method: Engraved, later hand colour
Publisher/Artist: Darton and Harvey.
Condition: Good condition, hand outline colour, centre and multi folds as issued for publication insert, blank to verso. Close trim to upper right boarder.
Approx engraved area: 17.5" x 14" (440mm x 360mm)
Notes: A Family Tour through the British Empire Containing Some Account of Its Manufactures. Natural and Artificial Curiosities, History and Antiquities: Interspersed with Biographical Anecdotes: Particularly Adapted to the Amusement and Instruction of Youth. Priscilla was born in 1751 into a Quaker family in Stamford Hill, London, as one of ten children. She married the wealthy Edward Wakefield in 1771. She started a school and became involved in philanthropic activities. She set up the penny savings bank. During the marriage, the family wealth diminished, and Priscilla started to write for their living. She wrote children's books, travel books which were careful based on extensive research. The book Reflection on the Present Condition of the Female Sex; with Suggestions for its Improvement was published in 1798 by the radical publisher Joseph Johnson. She set up a bank of savings for the poor in 1798 in Tottenham (McVeagh 2009).