Wilson, Harriette - Harriette Wilson's Memoirs. Folio Society 1st, 1964. English demi-mondaine [a woman considered to be outside respectable society], was born in Mayfair, London, of French descent. Her long career as a genteel courtesan [prostitute; the mistress of a man of rank] began at the age of fifteen with the Earl of Craven; subsequent paramours included the Duke of Argyll, the Duke of Wellington, the Marquis of Worcester and a host of others. All these figured in her lively but libellous Memoirs, brought out in parts from 1825 to the accompaniment of a barrage of suggestive advance publicity aimed at blackmail of the victims, most of whom echoed the celebrated outburst of Wellington on the occasion - 'Publish and be dammed!'. (Chambers Biographical Dictionary). 10" x 6¼", 378pp plus 12 plates, purple art-silk, gold spine lettering and decoration, hardback. Index. The illustrations, monochrome, are taken from the 1825 edition. Slightly sunned spine (less so than usual); fine; complete with very good (uneven sunning [please not that the case ends are supposed to be white]) sound, original, slip-case; still has its original sign-up a new member post-card.
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