The dust jacket has a little edge wear along the top but is generally in very good condition. The author's name is flat signed on the title page. Internally the book is in very good condition - clean, tight and unmarked.
'The highest-bred woman in the world, and the woman of fashion of all ages'. So Edmund Burke spoke of the witty and charming Mre. Mary Delany, one of the most remarkable personalities of the eighteenth century. Her 'paper mosaicks', beautiful pictures of flowers made from hundreds of pieces of cut coloured paper and put together, as Horace Walpole wrote, 'with a precision and truth unparalleled', were the crowning achievement of her long and creative life. Amazingly, she was 72 before she embarked on the 1000 flower collages, but she had already made a name for herself with her exquisite works of embroidery, decorative shellwork and landscape sketches.
Through a study of Mrs Delany's correspondence that spanned her eventful life, Ruth Hayden recaptures the atmosphere of privileged society in eighteenth-century England. Mrs Delany's perceptive and lively letters to her sister Anne and her niece Mary reveal her often strong views on the events of the period and on the social life of her circle. Luminaries of social, political, and artistic life enliven her correspondence. She was the friend of Handel and the correspondent of Swift. Her deep friendship with the Duchess of Portland brought her into contact with some of the greatest botanical artists and botanists of the time, including Sir Joseph Banks, who collected species from around the world. Her friendship with King George III and Queen Charlotte, who took close interest in her work, brought comfort to her later years.
With 45 colour and 100 black and white illustrations.