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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu; Lord Wharncliffe
The Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
London: Richard Bentley, 1837. First edition. Leather. Very Good Indeed. 8" by 5". Not Stated. A finely bound first edition of this collection of letters by the aristocrat Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, illustrated with frontispiece. The first edition of this work. Complete in three volumes. In a signed binding by Bayntun. A collection of the letters and works written by the English aristocrat Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Her letters show the contemporary social attitudes towards women, that tried to prevent their intellectual and social growth in the eighteenth century. Her most famous letters document her travels to the Ottoman Empire. Montagu was also well known for introduction and advocating for the smallpox inoculation to Britain, after having travelled to Turkey. With a half-title to each volume. Volume I with a frontispiece and one plate. Volume II with a frontispiece, and lacking one plate. Volume III with a frontispiece. Edited by her great grandson Lord Wharncliffe. With a bookplate to the front pastedowns, 'Edgar W. Anthony.' Bookplate to the front pastedowns, 'William E. Davis'. Collated, lacking one plate. In a half crushed morocco signed binding by C. E. Lauriat. Externally, smart. Some light fading and a couple of marks to the boards. A little rubbing to the extremities. Bookplate to the front pastedowns. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd spot, heavier to the first and last few pages. Page XLI/XLII in Volume I is detached but present. Very Good Indeed
Bookseller: Rooke Books [United Kingdom]
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