The title page to volume 1 gives an indication of the range of subjects discussed in the book - from antiquity and art to rare plants, statistics and minerology. It also shows that the author was a Fellow of the Antiquarian Society, and a Fellow of the Linnean Society. These fellowships identify him as an expert in ancient sites and buildings, and in botany.
About The Scientific Tourist
The Scientific Tourist, published in 1818, is a guidebook to obscure scientific and historical curiosities in the British Isles. Specialist guidebooks were an increasingly popular genre at this time, catering for the growing number of tourists travelling around the country. The books provided a model for how to be a 'serious' tourist, presenting amateur scholars and collectors with a wealth of 'authoritative' information. In general, guidebooks focused on all sorts of subjects - sketching, fossils, botany, ancient monuments and picturesque landscapes - and frequently combined, as in this case, several of these in one volume. The author's encyclopaedic approach was designed to make it easy for the 'inexperienced' traveller to find engaging and improving objects of scientific and artistic enquiry.