Publisher: London: John Murray, 1824.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert; Robinson, page 275; ODNB.
Condition: Spine labels renewed; edges a little rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28201
Description2 vols, small 8vo, 19th century rose-brown calf, marbled edges and endpapers, recent black leather spine labels, gilt decorated and lettered spines. Title-page vignettes and eight aquatint plates after illustrations by the author. Bound without the half-titles.
CommentsIn 1821 Marianne Baillie accompanied her husband on his diplomatic assignment to Portugal, where she wrote the second of her two travel narratives. "In her letters the trials of the new constitutional government of Portugal and its eventual overthrow by the royalist party contend for space with descriptions of the beauties of rural Cintra, an account of a visit to a local convent, and praise for delicacies such as roasted chestnuts. She found the climate overpowering and the streets of Lisbon disgusting, but, despite constant nostalgic allusions to England, she was open-minded enough to appreciate the superiority of Portuguese courtesy and to be touched by the affectionate ways of her servants" - ODNB. During one of her outings, Baillie visited Montserrate, once owned by William Beckford, but since abandoned and "completely a ruin - a fit residence only for the bat and the owl, or to serve as a casual shelter for the wandering goatherd and his shaggy flock . . . I never beheld so striking an image of desolate loveliness." Inscribed in the upper margin of each title-page "From the author to Mr. Smith." The inscription in volume two was mostly trimmed away by the binder.