Caledonian Sketches, or a tour through Scotland in 1807: to which is prefixed an explanatory address to the public, upon a recent trial.

  • Carr, John
  • London: Printed for Mathews and Leigh 1809
  • Abbey 'Scenery' 488.


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FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. [iv], xxii, [ii], 541, [1] + folding engraved frontispiece and 11 other plates. Modern quarter black morocco, green cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt direct with gilt tooled thistle, edges green. Some foxing, dampstains to top of plates and facing pages, a little offsetting. Binding lightly soiled.


Sir John Carr (1772-1832) published a number of travel books which 'gained a wide circulation in his lifetime because of their light style and the fact that there was then little competition in the genre,' but 'they soon fell into well-deserved obscurity' (ODNB). This, his penultimate book, was savaged wittily by Walter Scott in the Quarterly Review, and indeed Carr's inflexibly amiable style and affectations may still amuse; the plates, all after Carr's own drawings - including a large folding frontispiece of Edinburgh during the construction of New Town - are pleasant.

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