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COSTELLO, Louisa Stuart.

Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen....

In two volumes.

Availability: In stock

Published: London Richard Bentley, 1844

Stock Code: 130063

£550
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, a handsomely bound set of the poet, memoirist, and travel writer Louisa Stuart Costello's (1799-1870) biographical sketches of prominent women throughout the history England. Entries include the Duchess of Marlborough, Elizabeth Cromwell, Lady Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia. Though the title pages for volumes I and II state that the work is in two volumes, it was in fact published in four. The text is accompanied by engravings copied by Costello herself from portraits in the Duke of Devonshire's collection. "Though she has not been much studied by contemporary scholars, Costello ought to be considered, writes Teresa A. Lyle, as 'an important anomaly in women's travel writing: she never appealed to other authorities to valorize her own voice or experiences, nor did she write in the journal or epistolary genres typically labelled feminine'" (The Orlando Project).

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Description

4 volumes, octavo (214 x 134 mm). Attractively bound by W. Wilcock of Brighton in contemporary green half calf, marbled boards, contrasting twin red morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers and edges.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispiece to each volume, 14 further engraved portrait plates, many with tissue guards, as called for.

Condition

19th-century armorial bookplates of Walter Overbeck Wade (b. circa 1838) to front free endpapers of each volume. Extremities lightly rubbed and boards scuffed, endpapers, plates and title leaves foxed with some offsetting, else the contents clean with just the occasional negligible mark. Overall a very good set.

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