Publisher: London: Henry Colburn, 1827.
Edition: First and only edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert.
Condition: Minor wear to the binding; a fine copy.
Book ID: 28306
Description2 vols, 8vo, contemporary light red calf, marbled paper boards, dark green morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering. Half-title in volume one; not called for in two. Two pages of publisher's terminal advertisements in each volume.
CommentsAnother colorful travelogue by Catherine Hyde Govion Broglio Solari, written in the same vein as her work on Venice, and a further installment in what became a series by the author of secret memoirs and histories, all based on pirported travels through royal courts. Private Anecdotes, with a mixture fact and fiction, takes the reader through the royal courts of Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Prussia, Italy and France; the second volume is dedicated exclusively to the court of Napoleon. Solari focuses on the usual intrigues and salacious gossip (e.g., licentious "gallantries" of Catherine II), the structures of the states and courts, and in between writes entertainingly about the travel and the characteristics of each country and territory through which she passed, both real and imagined.