London: John Stockdale, 1811. 4to. 2 vol: xx, 408; vii, 396. Third Edition. Both volumes contain a frontispiece and list of plates; vol 1 has 28 illustrations (including frontispiece) and vol 2 16 illustrations (including frontispiece). Vol 1 with corner repair on frontispiece, some spotting, marbled boards with repaired spine; vol 2 some spotting on title page, rebound. Interior clean and bright. Item #15143
New edition, first published in 1802, providing a significant insight into the rise of the industrial revolution in Scotland. Describing many facets of the linen, iron, and fishing industry, Campbell’s observations on manufacturing and economic expansion illustrate the development of a skilled working class, which was a direct result of the industrial boom at the turn of the nineteenth century. He accurately captures the rise of Scotland as a major player in commerce and manufacturing, as well as its daily life and natural scenery in northern Britain. This detailed and factual account provides information on everything from rural life in the Scottish highlands and their natural history to manufacturing, trade, and commercial exploits. Included are the splendid aquatint illustrations all based on the author’s original sketches.
Campbell also includes a delightful biographical sketch of Adam Smith, author of the acclaimed Wealth of Nations, detailing his early life in Kirkcaldy and his scholarly pursuits. It is also worth noting that he makes mention of “The Fair Intellectual Club” in Edinburgh, which he describes as a society of female literati who have made great strides in improving the mind (II, p. 327). The women’s movement was on the rise in Scotland in both intellectualism and manufacturing as more and more women were joining both the circles of the intellectuals and the skilled working class.
Campbell (1764–1824) was a composer, writer and illustrator. Although he died in abject poverty, He produced an eclectic body of work, much of which was never published.