Beaux And Belles Of England Mrs Mary Robinson
The Grolier Society.
Written by herself. with the lives of the duchesses of gordon and devonshire by grace and philip wharton. edited by j. fitzgerald molloy. edition de luxe limited to one thousand copies.
8vo. 6.25 x 9 inches. xvii + [iii] + 336 pp. Title page in red and black. Bound in original half maroon morocco over brown boards, gilt; spine in compartments with raised bands decorated gilt. Marbled endpapers. Deckled edges with top edge gilt. Occasional spotting, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 7 plates, protected by tissue guards with red captions, including colour frontispiece. Decorated by initials. Autobiography of the the late eighteenth century celebrity, Mary Robinson (1758-1800), actress and poet, playwright and novelist, and one time mistress of George, Prince of Wales, she was painted or sketched by Gainsborough, Romney and Reynolds. Her Memoirs were first published in 1801. The two aristocrats whose lives are also included are Jane, Duchess of Gordon (1748-1812), Scottish Tory political hostess and patron of Robert Burns and Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (1757-1806), famous socialite and fashion leader, Whig political organiser and mistress of Charles Grey, scientist and writer. The editor, Joseph Fitzgerald Molloy (1858-1908) was an Irish biographer and novelist.
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