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SHEIL, Mary Leonora, Lady.
Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia.
London: John Murray,, 1856. The first travel book on Persia by a woman Octavo. Original moderate green morocco-grained cloth, title gilt to the spine, panels in blind to the boards, oval Persian-style device gilt to the centre of the front board, terracotta surface-paper endpapers. Engraved frontispiece with tissue-guard and 6 similar plates. Slightly rubbed particularly at the extremities, the spine darkened, a little mottled on the boards, mildly cocked, pale toning to the text, a very good copy. First and only contemporary edition of the "first travel book on Persia by a woman" (Nash, Travellers to the Middle East from Burckhardt to Thesiger, p. 114), with additional strategic comment from her husband. Mary Anne Leonora Woulfe (1825-69) married Capt. Justin Sheil (1803–1871), an Indian Army officer in 1847. Her husband had had a distinguished career, educated Stonyhurst, he was commissioned ensign 3rd Bengal infantry in 1820, exchanged to the 35th Bengal infantry and saw service at the siege of Bharatpur in 1826. Promoted captain in 1830, he was appointed second in command of troops in Persia under Colonel Passmore, who had specifically requested the Governor General for him in this connection, he was, he said "sensible, well-informed, and conciliatory" (ODNB). Six years later he was appointed secretary to the British legation in Persia, in 1844 succeeding Sir John McNeill as envoy and minister at the shah's court, a post he held he until he retired in 1854. In 1849, the couple travelled out to Tehran together, their route passing through Poland, Russia and Circassia, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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