[SOLD ] 1856: DON'T DISCOUNT THE VISCOUNT
SOLD : [IRELAND] [WOMEN'S DIARIES] [17th CENTURY ENGLAND] The priuate diarie of Elizabeth, viscountess Mordaunt. Printed at Duncairn [Ireland] , 1856. 8 vo., 18.5 x 12 cm.,  239 pp. INCLUDING TWO ALBUMIN PHOTOS comprising a lost painting by Thomas Carey as the frontispiece and a photo of John Mordaunt, 1st Viscount Mordaunt (18 June 1626 – 5 June 1675), the English royalist by William Faithorne, after Adriaen Hanneman (the photo is an early photographic reproduction of an engraving). Publisher's embossed cloth and gilt, some general rubbing and slight peeling to head and foot of spine, starting separation of text-block from binding with some guts visible on inner hinges; internally, some occasional foxing notably to paste-downs, half-title and last leaf, some general edge-toning, 1870s gift description to front paste-down. The original private diary in the hand of Elizabeth, viscountess Mordaunt was a "valuable relic" discovered in the Library at Dundalk House, Ireland behind some books, and "bound in vellum with a silver lock." It "embraced the period of her life from 1656 till 1678" and contains among the prayers and thanksgivings, an examination of the trial and acquittal of her husband by the High Court of Justice, the Restoration, the Great Plague and the Fire of London. Some of the contributions are set in rhyming couplets and thus make the dairy an important contribution to 17th century women's poetry. The records of the private Duncairn press indicate that it was the largest production of the press and a very limited run (Cotton, Henry . A Typographical Gazetteer. 1866, p. 63 ): "this book, copied ad literam from the original MS. in the possession of the Earl of Roden, is printed on the finest plate paper, with portraits of the authoress and her husband. Only 100 copies were printed and the profits of the sale were given to the Protestant Orphan Society of Ireland. A copy, bound in morocco by Riviere, was presented to Her Majesty at Osborne, Isle of Wight, in April, 1856. " VERY RARE with no copy listed in the auction databases. $950 #albumin #womenspoetry #irishprinting #Englishrestoration #FireofLondon #womanauthors #irishprinting #AWBOOKSIGCAT2 Terms: Subject to prior sale. Will comment "Sold" if sold. Please contact email@example.com to reserve and for payment. 30 Day return for any reason.