THE WORKS of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montague, including her correspondence, poems, and essays. Published by permission from her genuine papers
London: Printed for Longman Hurst Rees Orme and Brown; John Murray; and Baldwin Cradock, and Joy, 1817. The sixth edition, five volumes, 12mo, with engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and 9 engraved plates (7 folding) of facsimile letters and one document. Edited by J. Dallaway from manuscripts in the possession of her grandson, the Marquess of Bute. First published in 1803. Lady Montagu was one of the most important female English writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen and one of the most provocative and entertaining writers of either sex in her day. She is especially remembered for her letters, particularly those from Turkey, where her husband was the British Ambassador. Her sharp but ever witty tongue provoked Pope and Walpole to write nasty attacks. She also helped introduce the Oriental practice of vaccination for smallpox to England. Bound in 20th century brown half morocco and marbled boards, spines with raised bands and elaborate gilt ornamentation, small oval volume numbers in black leather, marbled endpapers, page edges coloured yellow; a faithful and very handsome reproduction of a Regency binding. Bookseller's ticket (Franklin Book Shop, New York) at rear of volume I but no binder's name. Minor rubbing to edges of boards; quite minor rubbing to spine tips and outer corners touched up; a fine, lovely set, no owner names, neither hinges nor joints cracked, text exceptionally clean. In gift condition - it would make a dandy gift for a woman of a feminist and intellectual sensibility. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.