London: John Murray, 1973, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white plates;
From the cover: Lady Londonderrys Journal, published now for the first time gives an extraordinary, gripping and vivid picture of nineteenth-century Russia. She is a keen observer and writes in a curiously modern way, and her impressions are full of vitality and not primarily concerned with political issues. Lord and Lady Londonderry and their son Lord Seaham toured Northern Europe and encountered extreme discomforts on their travels. Lord Londonderry had been named by Sir Robert Peel as Ambassador to St Petersburg in his short lived minority government of 1834-35 but was forced to decline the post. Subsequently he and his wife decided to visit Russia. The Journal describes their friendship with the Tsar and Tsarina, the splendours of Imperial Russia, palaces and museums full of treasures, all kinds of ceremonies, military, religious, including the blessing of the Neva, domestic occasions, outdoor amusements in the Russian winter and graphic descriptions of St Petersburg and Moscow in particular.
Fleas, bugs and larger vermin shower on them in the hotels and lurk in the rich brocades of the houses where they stay. The Tsarina expresses concern when she notices her guests scarlet face and neck and Lady Londonderry explains that this is due to flea bites. The Journal is full of lively episodes and shows the sheer physical stamina required for such an extended tour.
The illustrations were collected in Russia by the author and add a unique visual interest to this detailed contemporary impression of Imperial Russia.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is heavily faded at the spine. Price Clipped. Previous owners’ gift inscription to the first blank.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 185 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.