1937 Lucie Duff Gordon in England, South Africa, and Egypt
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper
A bright copy in the uncommon, unclipped dustwrapper. The first edition.
A biography of Lucie Duff Gordon by Gordon Waterfield, illustrating the fascinating life of the author known for her Letters from Egypt, 1863-1864, ad Last Letters from Egypt, most of which are addressed to her husband Alexander and her mother Sarah.
She was a cultured woman, independent, and ahead of her time. She had many friends in the literary circle of London, including Tennyson, Dickens, Thackeray, Kinglake, and various others.
Obliged to leave England due to her health, she travelled to South Africa and then to Egypt, where she settled, learnt Arabic, and wrote about its culture, religion, and customs.
Her writing is known for her humour, outrage at the Ottomans, and the many personal stories.
Profusely illustrated throughout. Collated, complete.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally excellent with only slight bumping to the head and tail of the spine and minor shelfwear. Small previous owner's inscription to the front free endpaper, dated 1937. The dustwrapper is unclipped and very smart with only minor shelfwear and a slight chipping to the head of the spine. With a faint scattered spotting internally to the wraps, not affecting the externals. Slight sunning to the spine of the wraps. Internally, firmly bound. The pages are bright and clean. Profusely illustrated throughout. Collated, complete.
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