1801. Item #58848
PIOZZI, Hester Lynch. RETROSPECTION: or, A Review of the Most Striking and Important Events, Characters, Situations and their Consequences, which the last eighteen hundred years have presented to the View of Mankind. With a portrait of the author. In two volumes. London: John Stockdale, 1801. First edition. 461, 540 pp. +  pp. adv. Engraved frontispiece portrait in Volume 1; it is heavily foxed. 4to., contemporary mottled calf, spines decorated in gilt, black lettering-pieces to spine. Early ink ownership to ffep. Light to moderate foxing throughout text. The calf is edgeworn with surface abrasions. The joints are starting; one board is nearly detached. Mrs. Piozzi's attempt at a popular history, Retrospection was drubbed by the critics; nonetheless, one cannot help but admire the woman and her plan. A good copy.