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Willoughby, Vera--Vane, Frances Anne, Viscountess
THE MEMOIRS OF A LADY OF QUALITY. LONDON: PETER DAVIES, 1925
4to, LIMITED TO 550 COPIES, THIS BEING NUMBER 17 OF 20 WITH AN EXTRA SET OF ILLUSTRATIONS AND AN ORIGINAL DRAWING, 36 coloured illustrations by Vera Willoughby, some full-page, with an extra suite of the illustrations bound in, each printed on a separate sheet, and with ONE ORIGINAL DRAWING by Willoughby (at p. 47), blue morocco by Rivière, t.e.g., others uncut, with the original upper wrapper and backstrip bound in at end, spine very slightly faded
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Catalogue Note

"[The Memoirs of a Lady of Quality] first appeared as Chapter 88 of Tobias Smollett's novel The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle. Published anonymously, the account none the less left readers in no doubt as to the identity of the ‘lady of quality’, though there was some question as to its authorship. It now seems that the narrative was in fact written by Frances Vane, but revised for publication by Dr John Shebbeare... What contemporaries found so shocking was that Lady Vane, far from trying to preserve a reputation for sexual purity, should instead effectively advertise her adultery." (ODNB).

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