Striking deluxe copy of Mrs. Gaskell's classic collection of satirical vignettes, once belonging to Princess Anita de Bragança.
Very good plus.
Anita de Bragança (also spelled Braganza) was born Anita Rhinelander Stewart, the daughter of a wealthy New Jersey family. Her life reads like the juiciest Masterpiece drama: after divorcing her father, her mother married a string of increasingly wealthy (and increasingly young) men, cementing the family's status in high society. After coming of age, Anita met and quickly married Prince Miguel de Braganza of Portugal in 1909. But when the Portuguese revolution of 1910 toppled the monarchy, Anita's life was thrown into disarray; Miguel took part in uprisings to try to restore the monarchy, and eventually joined the German army in World War I, while Anita fled to New York City.
Throughout her eventful life, she remained close to her father, whose bookplate also adorns this copy. Her own bookplate depicts an older man reading to a young girl, perhaps representing the father-daughter relationship.
Read more: "Anita Rhinelander Stewart," Mr. Astor and the Gilded Age.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1891. 10'' x 6.75''. Original red goatskin binding with gilt-tooled spine, edges, and dentelles, signed "Howell Liverpool" to verso of front flyleaf. Pink and white marbled endpapers. Full-page black-and-white frontispiece with tissue guard and black-and-white illustrations throughout. 298 pages. Bookplates of Anita de Bragança and William Rhinelander Stewart to front pastedown. Binding with very mild edgewear, joints repaired. Frontispiece and title uniformly toned from tissue, else a clean and bright copy.
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