RUSSELL-COTES, Ladie Annie. Letters from Russia. [Bournemouth, privately printed for the Author, c. 1899].
Small 4to. Original oatmeal cloth with bevelled edges, lettered in gilt, front cover with Russian coat-of-arms and naval ensign in colour; pp. vi, 50, plates after photographs in sepia, text entirely printed in maroon-brown; apart from light spotting to cloth, very good.
First edition, presentation copy with the author's inscribed and signed carte-de-visite mounted inside front cover. Lady Russell-Cotes and Sir Merton were avid travellers and collectors of contemporary art. The collection is still housed in the original location in Bournemouth. Lady Annie's observations of late 19th-century Russia are charmingly written and provide good pictorial material. 'Everyone in Russia … wears low-heeled boots and shoes - sensible people, I think' (p. 26).