Mistress Of The Elgin Marbles.




William Morrow / Harper Collins.


New York




A biography of mary nisbet, countess of elgin.

Item Description

FIRST US EDITION. 8vo. 6.5 x 9.25 inches. xvii + [v] + 294 pp. Bound in half Black cloth, gilt over cream boards, in pictorial dust wrapper. Fore edge deckled. A very good copy. Illustrated by 16 pages of black and white plates and by genealogical table. Decorated by vignettes of Mary Nisbet on verso of half title and by Nisbet coat of arms on title page. Map endpapers. Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin (1777-1855), of Dirleton, East Lothian married Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin (1766-1841) in 1799 and accompanied him to Constantinople where he was Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. After her affair with her husband's best friend, a scandalous divorce resulted. Lord Elgin is best known for his removal of the part of the frieze of the Parthenon of Athens and its shipping back to Britain, originally to decorate his own house. In the end he was forced to sell it to the government who passed to on to the British Museum.

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