Octavo, 315pp. Bound in green leather, gilt title on spine and gilt decorations on front and rear boards. Gilt top leafs. Detached silk page marker. Inscribed by Queen Victoria to Lord Ribblesdale on front end paper. Inscription reads: “To Lord Ribblesdale – From Victoria R.I. Windsor Castle – Dec: 12. 1881_.”
Comments: This book contains portions of the journals of Queen Victoria. Published against the wishes of her advisors, this book went on to sell 20,000 copies and was a best seller of its time. The book was inscribed to Lord Ribblesdale, who was a member of the House of Lords. He may best be remembered for a portrait painted by John Singer Sargent, said to “optimize the British Aristocrat.” An attractive copy.