London: Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall, . First Edition. Full Calf. First Edition of this celebrated eighteenth-century correspondence on garden design, literature, decor, and architecture. 8vo: iv,416pp. Full calf, spine in six compartments divided by raised bands, red morocco gilt lettering piece, all edges stained red. Armorial book plate to front paste down of Hugh Cecil, 5th Earl of Lonsdale (1857-1944), one of England's richest men, an avid sportsman and bon vivant, perhaps best known as first president of the national sporting club (boxing) and first president of the Automobile Association. Minor wear and splits along joints, but binding square and tight; text clean and fresh with ample margins and deep impressions of the type; two worm holes in bottom margin from page 270 onward, far from text. Rothschild 1338. I. A. Williams, p. 64. Very Good +. Item #BB0579
Soon after after her marriage to Robert Knight, later Baron Luxborough, Henrietta was suspected of an affair with her London physician, and not long after with a young cleric, John Dalton, tutor in the household of her friend Frances Seymour, Countess of Hertford. Knight banished her to Barrells, Ullenhall, a family estate in remote Warwickshire, forbidding her to see their children or to visit London and Bath. Isolated, Henrietta relied on correspondents to keep in touch with contemporary affairs. She befriended the poets William Shenstone, Richard Jago, and William Somervile, and together they formed the ‘Warwickshire coterie. She created a ferme ornée, with many rare plants, exotic birds, and fowl, and was slowly accepted into midland society as visitors came to view the gardens at Barrells. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).