These books are an extraordinary document of the works of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, including her correspondence, poems and essays. They were published in London by Richard Phillips and date to 1803. Lady Mary was the eldest daughter of Evelyn, Earl of Kingston. She was born in Nottinghamshire in about 1690 and was an extraordinarily progressive and intelligent lady of her time. These volumes give us much insight into the era. The book includes images of the lady herself and copies of her letters. It was of particular interest to me as one of the authors of the book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” as she wrote in 1715, in a series of Town Eclogues, a description of what is now called a chatelaine but was clearly described in her poem as an equipage. The books have their original green leather covers with gilt trim with the pages also gilt-trimmed and original marbled end papers. The condition of the books is good although there is rubbing of the green leather covers and gilt trim and there is foxing on a number of pages. These volumes are a fascinating insight into an earlier life and time of a remarkable woman. Each book measures 6.5 ins (16.5cm) x 4 ins (10.1cm ) x 1 ins (2.4cm). Weight 1402 grams.
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“The Works of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu” in Five Volumes, Published 1803
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