Publisher: London: Printed for T. Becket and P. A. de Hondt, 1763.
Edition: Second edition, published the same year as the first.
Bibliographical References: ESTC T153470; Robinson, pages 32-4; NCBEL II, 1584; ODNB.
Condition: Hinges and edges skillfully repaired; fine set.
Book ID: 27448
Description3 vols, small 8vo, 18th century catspaw calf, red and green morocco labels, gilt lettering. With half-titles.
CommentsThe account of Mary Wortley Montagu's travels with her husband in 1716 through Europe to Constantinople, where he was on a diplomatic assignment. "They travelled overland, crisscrossing Europe on the way. They reached Turkey in spring 1717, after a fearsome journey through wolf-infested forests and across the battlefield of Peterwardein. . . . Lady Mary sent home long letters describing her travels. . . . She laid a foundation of expertise in Turkish culture . . . billeted in Belgrade with an Islamic scholar, with whom she had wide-ranging conversations on oriental languages, literature, religions, and social customs. She was delighted with the civility of women at a public bath building in Sofia, socially poised and graciously welcoming although stark naked" - ODNB. “She was the first authoress to travel abroad for mere curiosity's sake, and call herself, with considerable pride, 'a traveller'” - Robinson. Montagu’s Letters also inspired other women to travel and similarly record their observations. Upon reading the Letters in manuscript in 1724, Montagu’s friend Mary Anstell wrote that they made the case for women being superior travelers to men.