CHATTERTON, Henrietta Georgiana Marcia, Lady. The Pyrenees with Excursions into Spain. London, Saunders & Otley, 1843.
Two volumes, 8vo. 2 vols. in one. Modern half-calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, lettered and ruled in gilt; pp. vi, , 383; , vi, 401, 16 tinted lithographic plates retaining tissue guards; occasional light foxing, but a very good copy, complete with half-titles; little section from a contemorary manuscript pasted onto title-page of volume one.
First and only edition. Lady Chatterton was the author of travel books (starting with one on Ireland) and numerous works of fiction and literature. Her writings won the admiration of Cardinal Newman and were widely read. The present work describes a 6-month journey made with her husband Sir William Chatterton. Chatterton relates their journey through France to the Pyrenees, a brief detour into Spain, further journeys through the Pyrenees and the final leg of the journey to Avignon and Orange. The book has become scarce.
'Lady Chatterton was born Henrietta Georgiana Marcia Lascelles Iremonger on 11 November 1806 at 24 Arlington Street, Piccadilly, London … When she was still only 17, Georgiana married an Irish landowner, Sir William Abraham Chatterton (1794-1855), 2nd Baronet, of Castlemahon, Co Cork, on 3 August 1824' (The bizarre life of Lady Chatterton, the Victorian writer who changed Kilkee for ever, online). She mixed with literary circles, meeting Dickens, Wordsworth, and met Queen Victoria regularly in Tunbridge Wells.
Alpine Club Library Catalogue (1982) p. 60; Perret 0965 ("Bel ouvrage illustré due les Pyrénées. Rare et très recherché").