Publisher: London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1832.
Edition: First and only edition.
Condition: Fine copy.
Book ID: 28313
Description2 vols, 8vo, contemporary tan smooth half calf, marbled paper boards, green morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering. Bound without the half-titles.
CommentsLetters from France, Belgium and Germany between 1814 and 1816 by a highly cultivated and connected young lady who writes to various friends about adventures and intrigue in high places. The author of the letters is perhaps autobiographical or a fictional character. Harriet Pigott did write novels and another collection of similar travel letters. Private Correspondence was her first work. She is sometimes confused with an earlier novelist, Mrs. Thomson, but for clarity on this see Dennis E. Rhodes, The Book Collector, Autumn 1957, Bibliographical Notes and Queries 86, “Mrs Thomson and Miss Pigott.” Not a great deal is recorded about Harriet Pigott, but Rhodes notes that she was acquainted with Scottish novelist John Galt, who wrote that she was “imbued in early life with a taste for travelling, availed herself of the first restoration of the Bourbon dynasty, to visit the continent; where she has passed, at intervals, several years, enjoying the advantages of an intimate intercourse with the society of distinguished personages, wherever she sojourned.