Memoirs of Mrs Fitzherbert;
Bentley. 1856. with an account of her marriage with H.R.H.The Prince of Wales, afterwards King George the Fourth. London, Richard Bentley, 1856; 202pp. with portrait frontispiece; fine earlly 20th century binding of red half morocco over salmon pink boards, spine gilt in compartments with raised bands, gilt rules to boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed, bound by Riviere & Son; bookplate of Fritz Ponsonby; light spotting to blank pages at front and rear and to lower margin of frontispiece, very slight spotting to edges. A very good copy in a fine Riviere binding, showing only minimal wear at one or two extremities. The frontispiece is engraved after a portrait by Richard Cosway. A fine association copy: Fritz Ponsonby, K.C.B. K.C.V.O. G.C.V.O. later Baron Syonsby, was a distinguished soldier, the historian of the Grenadier Guards in the Great War, and a courtier who held a succession of offices in the Courts of Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and George V. His autobiography was entitled "Recollections of Three Reigns". This memoir will have appealed to him as a holder of responsibility at a later Royal Court, but also on account of his family connections with the court it refers to. His great grandfather was the third Earl of Bessborough, his grandfather General Sir Frederick Ponsonby, a veteran of Waterloo, and his grandfather's sister Lady Caroline Lamb. The Ponsonby book-plate shows a shelf of partly-open books before a latticed window opening onto a flowery garden, with the motto "Reading maketh a full man", and is a fine etching, with deep contrasts, monogrammed in the plate W.P.B.
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