Italian Castles And Country Seats By Tryphosa Bates Batcheller.
London, New York, Bombay, And Calcutta: Longmans, Green and Co, 39 Paternoster Row, 1911 . 0. First Edition, signed by the author. A handsome copy. 9.75" x 6.75" x 1.75". 8vo. 87 Illustrations including frontispece photogravure, 3 other photogravures, and 2 color chromolithographs. pp.15/pp.512. Embossed green cloth with bright gilt rules, corners, and central heraldic shield. The boards are in very good condition with just light rubbing to edges and light bumping to corners. Deckled page edges. Top page edge gilt. Lovely green decorative endpapers. Neat dedication to Half-Title: "For Her Majesty Queen Alexandra of England with the respectful homage of Tryphosa Bates - Batcheller June 1913." Frontispiece of Queen Margherita with tissue guard. Text block is very good condition. All plates with titled tissue-guards. Colophon to verso of the tittle-page: "The Plimpton Press, [W.D.O.], Norwood, Mass, U.S.A." A lovely book with an interesting heritage. N.B: The plate facing p.474 is of: "T.M. King Edward VII And Queen Alexandra Of England During their visit to Palermo Sicily." ** "Tryphosa Bates-Batcheller (April 14, 1876–1952), born Tryphosa Duncan Bates, was an American socialite, club woman and concert singer. She is often mentioned in the same context as Florence Foster Jenkins: both are apt to be criticised as people who were publicly tolerated and even celebrated as singers due to their wealth and social position, despite a lack of talent.. Her wealth and social position seems to have papered over any doubts teachers, managers and critics had about the dismal quality of her actual singing, and she appeared in many private concerts and benefits, sometimes with the composer Jules Massenet accompanying her. Her wealth enabled her to appear on the cover of America's Musical Courier magazine twice, in 1904 and 1906. A relentless social climber who chased after aristocrats and royalty, Bates-Batcheller was hampered in this by her own Catholicism, and was thus prevented from assaulting the important Protestant court of England. Her aggressive pursuits in this area are chronicled in the four books of memoirs and one novel she had published (Glimpses of Italian court life; happy days in Italia Adorata, Doubleday, Page & company, New York 1906 ; Italian Castles and Country Seats, Longmans, Green & Co, New York 1911 ; Royal Spain of today, Longmans, Green & Co, New York 1913 ; France in sunshine and shadow, Brentano's, New York 1944).
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