London: Henry Colburn, Publisher, 1840. First Edition. Dashkova (1743-1810) was a close friend and confidante to Empress Catherine the Great, and involved in the coup that put her on the throne. Her memoirs were first published in Paris in 1804; the English edition was edited by Mrs. Martha WIlmot Bradford, who lived with the princess from 1803-1808. Item #3933
Two octavo volumes (22.5cm); full polished carmine calf bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spines in six compartments, with five raised bands, green morocco title labels and floral decorations stamped in gilt on spines, floral corner pieces and decorative border on covers; marbled endpapers; top edges gilt; xxxviii,397,; viii,439,pp, with frontispiece portraits and three plates. Decorative bookplate of Lee Harris Kulp to front pastedowns; spines gently sunned, with some trivial wear to spine ends, and a patch of wear to lower rear board edge on Vol.1 and lower front board edge on Vol.2; scattered, pinpoint spotting to right edge of textblock on Vol.2, else quite fresh internally; Near Fine. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase.