Memoirs of the Lady Hester Stanhope, as Related by Herself in Conversations with Her Physician; Comprising Her Opinions and Anecdotes of some of the most Remarkable Persons of Her Time. Three volumes. Second edition. London, Henry Colburn, 1845.
Pp. xx, 344; vi, 342; viii, 319, adv (1), 8. With three engraved frontispieces, of which one hand-coloured, and one folding table. TOGETHER WITH: Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope; Forming the Completion of Her Memoirs. Narrated by Her Physician. Three volumes. First edition. London, Henry Colburn, 1846. Pp. xx, 372; x, 400; viii, 424, adv. (6). With three engraved frontispieces and many wood-cut vignettes throughout. The six volumes are uniformly bound in half morocco on marbled boards, spines stamped in gilt with five raised bands, marbled endpapers. Some staining to the fronts but otherwise a clean and fine copy. Lady Hester Stanhope started to travel in 1810 when she sailed from the shores of England never to return. She was looked upon as wildy eccentric as an unmarried woman of her rank to travel abroad at her own. Lady Hester travelled extensively in Turkey, Egypt and the Holy Land. The following years she spent in the deserts of Syria and Lebanon and she entered into Palmyra as the first white woman. Eventually Lady Hester came to rest in an old monastery "Dar Djoun" in the foothills of Mount Lebanon. There she lived more or less as an hermit for twenty-five years before she died all by herself. Her physician Dr. Charles Lewis Meryon who accompanied her on her travels respected her wishes to keep silent until after her death. Robinson p. 57. Blackmer 1117. Not in Atabey. Frank Hamel, Lady Hester Luce Stanhope, (1913).
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