Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert; with an Account of Her Marriage with H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Afterwards King George the Fourth - 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.
  pp. [4] 202 [4].   Finely bound by Bayntun in full crushed turquoise morocco for C. E. Lauriat of Bath (stamp-signed in front turn-in), covers with two interlaced rectangular frames of gilt and black, foliate cornerpieces, raised bands, spine compartments with concentric black and gilt frames, lettered in gilt, gilt turn-ins with French fillet frame and arabesque cornerpieces, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, twin silk ribbon bookmarks, housed in a custom felt-lined blue buckram slipcase.   Condition: Fine in near fine binding with some slight sunning to spine, and light wear to case.   Ref: 108087   Price: HK$ 16,000