MONTAGU, Lady Mary Wortley The Letters and Works. Edited by her Great Grandson Lord Wharncliffe. London, Richard Bentley, 1837.
Three volumes, 8vo. Mid-20th-century black half-calf over turquoise cloth-covered boards; back glossy endpapers; pp. , lxiv, 402; [iv], 450; [iv], 471; five steel-engraved portraits (3 as frontispieces); occasional spotting; a good set.
Second edition, revised. Lady Mary accompanied her husband, Edward Montague, on his diplomatic mission to Constantinople, making the journey overland. When she left Vienna she was admonished as though she was journeying to the ends of the earth. The letters she wrote back home are justly ranked among the most celebrated of their kind, in a century richly endowed with excellent letterwriters. She is regarded as a role model for many a female traveller and writer, as well as having fuelled the keen interest of the West in the Middle East, fashionably expressed as Orientalism. - 'She was one of the most generous and accurate chroniclers of life in Constantinople since Busbecq' (O'Neill, Ömer Koç Collection, vol I, 138).