Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s husband was appointed ambassador to the Porte in 1716, and she accompanied him to Constantinople. During her sojourn in Turkey she recorded her observations and experiences in a journal (destroyed after her death) which provided material for her actual letters to her friends, of which only a few survive, and for the series of 52 letters which she composed a few years after her return to England. The form of these letters is partly fiction but provides the substance of her life abroad and her opinions on Turkish life and customs.
5 volumes, 8vo., engraved frontispiece, 10 facsimile letters (mostly folding), contemporary blue polished half calf gilt, red morocco labels, a fine set.
Provenance: Robert Offley Ashburton Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe, Secretary of State for India (armorial bookplate).
Stock ID: 99057