London: Seeley and Co. Limited, 1908. New Edition. Thick octavo (20cm); dark green cloth, stamped in blind and gilt; x, 336pp+pp, frontis., 8 plates. Boards mildly soiled; some rubbing and bumping to extremities. Textblock preliminaries foxed; some hinges cracked, crash exposed at pp112-113, else complete, a Very Good copy overall.
A comprehensive chronicle and biography of the life of Welsh author and arts patron "Mrs. Thrale". She was born Hester Lynch Salusbury, in Caernarvonshire, Wales. She married the wealthy Henry Thrale and became a society woman; following his death, she attracted some scandal by marrying a lower class Italian music teacher. In the literary world, she is best known as a diarist, especially known for publishing her correspondence with Dr. Samuel Johnson.