WARNCLIFFE, James Stuart-Wortley, 1st Baron (1776-1845). The Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Edited by Her Great Grandson Lord Wharncliffe. 2 volumes. (Occasional light spotting, no half titles, some pages misbound, one or two closed tears-without loss to text). Contemporary purple/brown cloth with black morocco title labels to spines (rear inner hinges of volume 1 broken, cloth faded, rubbed, chipping to title label of volume 2). 8vo. Paris, A. And W. Galignani and Co., 1837.
Provenance: previous owner’s inscription on front paste-downs dated 1840 and armorial bookplate of Edward Geoffrey Sergeant (on front paste-downs). A good , scarce 2 volume set with contemporary provenance.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689 – 1762) English writer, and poet, remembered for her letters, including travels to the Ottoman Empire as wife to the British ambassador to Turkey, which have been described as “the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the Muslim Orient”. (Billie Melman)
Lady Mary is also known for introducing and advocating for smallpox inoculation to Britain after her return from Turkey.
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