Bibliography of Priscilla’s works

These are the first dates of publication. Some were reprinted many times. The editions are the one’s that I have personally examined.

[1794]-6

 Leisure Hours : or entertaining dialogues ; between persons eminent for virtue and magnanimity The Characters Drawn from Ancient and Modern History. Designed as Lessons on Morality for Youth.2 vols. Printed and sold by Darton and Harvey, 1794-96.

 1795

Juvenile Anecdotes, founded on facts. Collected for the Amusement of Children. London: Printed for Allen and West: and Darton and Harvey, 1795-98.

 1796

3. An Introduction to Botany in a Series of Familiar Letters, with Illustrative Engravings. Dublin: Printed by Thomas Burnside, 1796.

 1794-7

4. Mental Improvement, or, the Beauties and Wonders of Nature and Art, Conveyed in a Series of Instructive Conversations. 2 vols London: Printed and Sold by Darton and Harvey, 1794.

 1798

5. Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex : with Suggestions for its Improvement. London: Printed for J. Johnson and Darton and Harvey, 1798.   

 1801

6. Juvenile Travellers; Containing the Remarks of a Family using a Tour through the Principle States and Kingdoms of Europe with an Account of the Inhabitants, Natural Productions and Curiosities. 3rd ed. London: Printed and sold by Darton and Harvey, 1804.

1804

7. A Family Tour through the British Empire: Containing Some Account of its Natural and Artificial Curiosities, History and Antiquities; Interspersed with Biographical Anecdotes. Particularly Adapted to the Amusement and Instruction of Youth. 8th ed. London: Printed for Darton, Harvey, and Darton, 1816.

1805

8. Domestic Recreation, or, Dialogues Illustrative of Natural and Scientific Subjects. London: Printed for Darton and Harvey, 1806.

1806

9. Excursions in North America, Described in Letters from a Gentleman and his Young Companion, to their friends in England. London: Printed and sold by Darton and Harvey, 1806.

1807

10. Sketches of Human Manners, Delineated in Stories Intended to Illustrate the Characters, Religion, and Singular Customs of the Inhabitants of Different Parts of the World. London: Printed and sold by Darton and Harvey, 1807.

1809

11. Variety; or, Selections and Essays, consisting of Anecdotes, Curious Facts, Interesting Narratives,  with Occasional Reflections. London: Printed for Darton and Harvey, 1809.

1809

12. Perambulations in London, and its environs : Comprehending an Historical Sketch of the Ancient State, and Progress, of the British Metropolis, a concise Description of its Present State, Notices of Eminent Persons, and a Short Account of the Surrounding Villages in Letters Designed for Young Persons. London: Printed and Sold by Darton and Harvey, 1809.

1811

13. Instinct Displayed, in a Collection of Well-Authenticated facts, Exemplifying the Extraordinary Sagacity of Various Species of the Animal Creation. 4th Edition. London: Printed for Harvey and Darton, 1821.

1814

14. The Traveller in Africa, Containing some Account of the Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, and Inhabitants of such Parts of that Continent and its Islands, as have been most Explored by Europeans. London: Printed for Darton, Harvey and Darton, 1814.

1816

15. An Introduction to the Natural History and Classification of Insects, in a series of letters with engravings. London: Printed for Darton, Harvey and Darton , 1816.

1816

16. A Brief Memoir of the life of William Penn : Compiled for the Use of Young Persons, London: Printed for Harvey and Darton, 1816.

 1817

17. Traveller in Asia; or A Visit to the most celebrated parts of the East Indies and China : With an Account of the Manners of the Inhabitants, Natural Productions, and Curiosities : For the Instruction and Entertainment of Young Persons. London: Printed for Darton, Harvey and Darton, 1817.

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An Introduction to Natural History

The book, An Introduction to the Natural History and Classification of Insects, in a series of letters with engravings was published in 1816 and is a companion volume to the 1811 Instinct Displayed, in a Collection of Well-Authenticated facts, Exemplifying the Extraordinary Sagacity of Various Species of the Animal Creation. Priscilla returns the sisters Felicia and Constance to their letter-writing activities in their study of insects. This delightful book is illustrated with plates of coloured illustrations.

In the preface she writes:

‘Amongst the beneficial improvements of modern times, few deserve higher estimation, than the increased attention to the education of children of all ranks ; which is generally facilitated by the number and variety of judicious books that have been written for their instruction and amusement. Nonsense has given way to reason ; and useful knowledge, under an agreeable form, has usurped the place of the Histories of Tom Thumb, and Woglog the Giant. No branch of science seems better adapted to this important purpose, than natural history … The success of my “Familiar Introduction to Botany,” has induced me to attempt one on a similar plan, on the pleasing science of Entomology. Believing insects to be quite as interesting as flowers … my acknowledgements are due to Dr Shaw and Mr Barbut, as the principal sources from which I have collected my materials.’

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Children’s literature

The following is a list of articles that have been written about Priscilla’s contribution to children’s literature.

 Dougal, Theresa A. ‘Teaching Conduct or Telling a New Tale? Priscilla Wakefield and The Juvenile Travellers’. In Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in Their Lives, Work and Culture, 1 (2001): 299-319.

Graham, Ruth. ‘Juvenile Travellers: Priscilla Wakefield’s Excursions in Empire’. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 38, 3 (2010): 373-393.

Hill, Bridget. ‘Priscilla Wakefield as a Writer of Children’s Eduational Books’. Women’s Writing 4, no. 1 (1997): 3-14.

Kroeg, Susan M. ‘Class Mobility: Priscilla Wakefield’s A Family Tour through the British Empire (1804)’, Kentucky Philological Review 19 (2004): 24-29.

Shteir, Ann B. ‘Priscilla Wakefield’s Books “for the Instruction and Amusement of Young Persons”’, The Friends’ Quarterly 25, no. 2 (1988): 90-96.

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