A Second Self: Letters of Harriet Granville, 1810-45 - Countess Harriet GranvilleSalisbury: Michael Russell , 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.
From the cover: “These letters from Harriet Granville, the younger daughter of the 5th Duke of Devonshire and ‘the beautiful Duchess’, are principally addressed to her ‘dearest of sisters’, Georgiana Morpeth, whom she regarded as ‘a second self’, although some letters to their brother, the 6th Duke, are also included. Virginia Surtees has necessarily pruned the two-volume edition of 1894, but introduces some previously unpublished material. Her editorial interpolations set the letters in context, and footnotes and a biographical index illumine the darker corners. The correspondence begins shortly after Harriet’s marriage to Lord Granville, her ‘adored Granville who would make a barren desert smile’ (who already had, incidentally, two illegitimate children by her aunt, Lady Bessborough). Her unfaltering pen gives glimpses of the dandies, the wits and the beaux of an earlier epoch; of the Misses Berry, the Hollands, the Prince Regent and Lady Conyngham; of her contemporaries and her wide circle of relations, married and intermarried in the aristocracy. She accompanies her husband to Paris in 1815 to witness the celebrations of the Allied armies, and again in 1824 as the wife of the newly appointed Ambassador. No corpus of nineteenth-century letters gives such a sustainedly entertaining portrait of the haut monde: it is a consistent pleasure from cover to cover.”