Very Good. Book Mary Berry's comparison of English and French society, complete in two volumes. A New Edition. Bound in cloth with gilt lettering and blind-stamped decorative detail. A comparative view of social life in England and France, from the Restoration of Charles the Second to the present time, to which are now first added, the Lives of the Marquise du Deffand and of Rachael Lady Russell-Fashionable Friends, a comedy, &c. Mary Berry(17631852) was an author, who, in her middle years, began to emerge as a prominent literary figure. She edited four volumes of the letters of Mme du Deffand to Horace Walpole, and in 1819used unpublished materials to compose the life and letters of Rachel Wriothesley (16361723), wife of Lord William Russell. Her literary fame had spread with the publication of A comparative view of the social life of England and France (1828) and its sequel Social Life in England and France from the French Revolution (1831)-ODNB. Direct from the Widdrington library at Newton Hall, the 18th century country house and estate in Northumberland, with a pencil shelfmark to the front free endpaper. Condition: The binding is generally tight and firm. The rear inner hinge of volume I has failed and the rear free endpaper is missing. The front inner hinge of volume II is very slightly strained but is still good and firm. There is only slight wear to the extremities, with just slight bumping and very slight marks. Internally the pages are generally bright with occasional browning and scattered foxing throughout. Overall the condition is good only due to the damaged hinges.
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