The book Juvenile Travellers was the first of Priscilla’s books to include a folded map inside the front cover. All her subsequent travel books included a map. Most of them were state they were engraved  specifically for Priscilla Wakefield. Some are single folds others are double. It seems a minor miracle that they have survived two centuries although great care must be taken in opening them. They are objects of interest in themselves.

It is also worth noting that Priscilla’s son included a folded map of Ireland in his statistical study of that country. Edward Gibbon included a folded map with his publication on New Zealand as did his son Edward Jerningham in an edition of his narrative of his New Zealand experiences Adventure in New Zealand.

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