Unprotected Females in Norway; or, the pleasantest way of travelling there, passing through Denmark and Sweden. With Scandinavian sketches from nature.

  • [Lowe, Emmeline Marjorie and Helen Emily Lowe]
  • London: Routledge, Warnes, and Routledge 1859


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SECOND EDITION, 8vo, pp. viii, 283, [1] + frontispiece and 3 plates. Black and white illustrations throughout text. Original red textured cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, boards blocked in blind, front board blocked centrally in gilt, edges gilt. Extremities a little rubbed, spine ends bumped, spine a touch darkened. Bookplate of James Telfer to front pastedown, ‘[Emily Lowe]’ pencilled to title-page.


A handsome copy of the second edition of Emmeline Marjorie Lowe's (c.1835-1897) first travel book, initially published in 1857. The book charts her travel with her mother, Helen Emily Lowe (d.1882), through Scandinavia, with her most famous quote appearing in the first chapter: 'The only use of a gentleman in travelling is to look after the luggage, and we take care to have no luggage'. There is some ambiguity as to whether both women contributed to the accounts of their wanderings, with multiple records conflating their names, dates, and husbands. This mirrors the confusion from early reviewers of the books who assumed that 'Unprotected Females' implied multiple authors.

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