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Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert - Charles Langdale

1856 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
Extra-illustrated with an additional 37 plates, combined with the original 38 plates of which 10 are colour.

Maria Fitzherbert (1756–1837) was already twice widowed when the young Prince of Wales began his pursuit of her in 1784. Initially refusing his offer of marriage, she eventually accepted it and the couple were wed in secret the following year. Though legitimate in her eyes, the union was invalid under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, and controversial because of her Catholicism. A posthumous attack on her faith and morals, penned by Lord Holland in his Memoirs of the Whig Party, provoked her close friend Charles Langdale (1787–1868) into publishing this defence in 1856. A champion of Catholic emancipation, Langdale was one of the first Catholics elected to Parliament. These memoirs are based on Maria Fitzherbert's own recollections, recounted to Langdale's brother, Lord Stourton. They reveal the values and beliefs of an exceptional woman who occupied a unique and precarious position within British high society.
 
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Listen! The Wind - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

1939 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A lovely copy – in its striking original dust jacket and scarce glassine wrapper – of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s beautifully written account of her and her husband’s 1933 flight in their single-engine Lockheed ‘Sirius’ from Africa to South America, as they survey 30,000 miles of coastal aviation routes across the Atlantic Ocean.

With a foreword, and map drawings by Charles Lindbergh.
 
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Narrative of a Journey from Calcutta by Way of Egypt - Mrs. Charles Lushington

1829 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘‘Every evening in the desert, the Lushingtons and their party, which included Lord Elphinstone, late Governor of Bombay, would settle down to a light supper of ‘roast turkey, ham, fowls, mutton in various shapes, curry, rice and potatoes, damson tart and a pudding; madeira, claret, sherry, port and... beer; ... almonds and raisins, watermelons, pumplenose (grapefruit)... and a plum cake’. There were thrilling ‘mummy-openings’ to attend in Thebes, balls in Cairo, and soirées in Naples and Paris. In fact the experience, said Mrs Lushington, was decidedly not to be missed.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Judging from the frontispiece illustration, it seems the camels may have also benefited from the leftovers of the Lushington’s ‘light suppers’.

A handsomely bound copy of Sarah Lushington’s entertaining and informative account of her journey from Calcutta to Europe, with notes on route, itinerary, and the necessities of travel for ladies intending to brave the ‘Overland Route’ from India to England.

With chapters detailing many of Mrs Lushington’s experiences in Bombay, Luxor, Cairo, the Nile, Syracuse, Naples, and Rome, among others, and featuring an engraved frontispiece of ‘The Tukhte Rowan in the Desert’.
 
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1925 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - Number 70 of 600 limited copies, signed by the artist
‘Once upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children by his former marriage, a little boy named Hansel, and a girl named Gretel.’

A superb example of this large, limited edition of Grimm fairy tales, illustrated with twelve stunning mounted colour plates and numerous black and white drawings by Kay Nielsen, and signed by the artist on the limitation page, accompanied by the publisher’s somewhat worn slipcase.

Together with ‘
Hansel and Gretel’, this marvellous collection also includes the stories ‘The Six Swans’, ‘The Fisherman and His Wife’, ‘Snowdrop’, ‘Clever Alice’, ‘The Valiant Little Tailor’, ‘Rapunzel’, ‘The Three Magic Gifts’, ‘The Golden Goose’, and ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, among others. 
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Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is Not - Florence Nightingale

Circa 1860 - 1864 - Harrison, London - Early Edition (First Published 1860)
‘Every woman, or at least almost every woman, in England has, at one time or another in her life, charge of the personal health of somebody, whether child or invalid, – in other words, every woman is a nurse.’

Florence Nightingale’s seminal work of nursing – the first of its kind ever to be published – which sets out her principles of care for the sick and injured, with advice and practices under chapters entitled ‘Observations of the Sick’, ‘Personal Cleanliness’, ‘Bed and Bedding’, ‘Cleanliness of Rooms’, ‘Taking Food’, ‘Ventilation and Warming’, and ‘Health in Houses’.

‘The book was the first of its kind ever to be written. It appeared at a time when the simple rules of health were only beginning to be known, when its topics were of vital importance not only for the well-being and recovery of patients, when hospitals were riddled with infection, when nurses were still mainly regarded as ignorant, uneducated persons. The book has, inevitably, its place in the history of nursing, for it was written by the founder of modern nursing’ – Joan Quixley, head of the
Nightingale School of Nursing, 1974. 
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Marie Antoinette - Pierre de Nolhac

1905 - Arthur L. Humphreys, London
An elegantly art-nouveau style bound, seminal biography, printed on ‘Arnold’ water marked, unbleached hand laid paper, reprinted from the first English translation of 1898.

Onetime curator of the Palace of Versailles, Pierre de Nolhac (1859-1936) is remembered for his creation of the museum there, for the restoration of the gardens, and, by way of his publications, ‘for bringing back to life the spirit of the former glories of the royal residence’ (Arthur Griggs). In this biography of Marie Antoinette, Nolhac tells the story of a Queen, but also the story of a woman. ‘
She seemed born to please the national taste’, he writes, ‘brilliant, lively, witty, fond of pleasure and festivity, with all her husband's goodness and a special grace of her own’. 
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A Lady’s Second Journey Round The World: From London To The Cape Of Good Hope, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, Celebes, Ceram, The Moluccas, Etc., California, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, And The United States. - Ida Pfeiffer

1855 - Longman Brown Green & Longmans, London - First Edition
Ida Pfeiffer’s memorable second expedition around the world, these two volumes entertainingly recount her increasingly adventurous journeys, as she wanders further and further off the beaten track, from the jungles of Celebes, to the mountains of Peru. 
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Circa 1920 - Nisbet & Co. Ltd, London - Number 648 of a limited 675 numbered copies.
A superb large quarto of Dulac's illustrated book masterpiece. One of a limited edition, commissioned by famed Parisian jeweller, Léonard Rosenthal.

‘Each one of these plates is a work of art, and the matter of the book itself is an engrossing history of pearls, their culture, their treatment, their myths and legends, and the narratives of famous stones. The book combines romance and instruction.’ -
The New York Times (4 December, 1921)

Dulac uses techniques borrowed from Persian manuscripts, such as overwashing the watercolours with silver and gold. Those approaches produced stunning results, contributing to the gem-like quality of the ten exquisite tipped-in plates with captioned tissue guards.
 
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