MONTAGU, Lady Mary Wortley. The Letters And Works Of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu ... Third edition, with Additions and Corrections derived from the original Manuscripts, illustrative Notes and a new Memoir. By W. Moy Thomas. London, Henry Bohn, York Street, 1861.
8vo. 2 volumes. Elaborately bound at the time by Bickers & Son in full tan calf, raised bands, contrasting lettering-pieces, other compartments ornamented in gilt, boards with gilt-ruled double-fillets, edges ornamented in gilt, inner dentelles in blind, marbled edges and endpapers; pp. xvii, 514; xvi, 523, with six steel-engraved plates including frontispieces; minor rubbing in places, light foxing to plates due to paper stock, text evenly lightly browned, modern ownership labels inside front covers; a very good set.
Edited by Lord Wharncliffe, Lady Montagu's great grandson, with additional material unearthed and presented here for the first time by William Moy Thomas, a London journalist, editor and novelist, who contributed to Charles Dicken's Household Words. 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.