First Collected Edition, 2 portraits, offset onto title, 1 with marginal stain, 1 letter on title rubbed, 10 facsimile letters, 5 vols, cr.8vo, Regency Half Red Calf, richly gilt spine, black labels,
Lady Mary Wortly Montague (1689-1762) travelled with her husband the Ambassador to Turkey. She was considered to have written the very first example of a secular work by a woman about the secrets of the Muslim Orient. Her pioneering work in promoting vaccination against small-pox, well in advance of Jenner, was much resisted as an "Oriental Practice". Her wit was celebrated and her independant lifestyle legendary. Her journey home included Greece and North Africa. After a brief time at home, affairs took her across the continent, Venice, Naples, Rome, Geneva and Avignon where she lived in a converted mill. She was considered one of the Highlights of the European Grand Tour in the 18th century. Her Turkish Letters were first published after her death in 1762. This edition was the first to gather all her writings.
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