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The Letters and Works of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 3 Volumes

Author: Montagu, Mary Wortley, edited by her grandson
Price: $495.00
Publisher Location: London
Publisher: Richard Bentley & Son
Year Published: 1837
Book Condition: Near Fine
Binding: Full-Leather
A beautiful set of Lady Montagu's correspondence, poems and essays, in original full calf. Clean and tight inside, with only some foxing at the preliminary pages. Burgundy title labels and green volume labels on all 3 spines, with bright gilt letters and spine decorated panels. A few stains on the contemporary calf, all hinges fine, gilt double lines along the borders and gilt dentilles on the board edges still bright. Page edges are a Turkish swirl design matching the endpapers. Pages lxiv 402, (vi) 450 and (vi) 471 with index. Half titles all present. The first 64 pages of vol one is her biography, by Mr. Dallaway. She was famous for her writing on Turkey and its people and culture, having accompanied her husband in his Embassy to the Porte, a most unusual thing for a Lady to do in the 18th Century. She was more famous for her advocacy of small pox innoculation in England, which she learned from the Turks. She innoculated her children, one of whom became famous as a scholar of Arabic and a rake. Pope was an admirer of her writing. A fine, clean set. Atabey 829, Weber 477.
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