Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth. by AIKIN, Lucy…

AIKIN, Lucy (1781-1864).

Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth. By Lucy Aikin. In two volumes. Vol. I [-II]. The Fourth Edition, Revised and Corrected. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1819.

Fourth Edition. Two volumes, 8vo (218 x 125 mm), engraved frontispiece portrait and pp. [iii]-xvi, 488; vii, [i], 522, frontispiece a little foxed, in contemporary half tan calf over marbled boards, black morocco labels lettered in gilt, spines simply ruled and numbered in gilt, some wear, with the ownership inscription of James Hamlyn Williams.

First published in 1818, this is the fourth edition of Lucy Aikin’s popular history of Queen Elizabeth and her court. Niece of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, the prominent children’s writer, Aikin came from a family of Unitarian scholars and writers and received her excellent education mainly at their hands. The present work, while not her earliest, was one of the first to establish her reputation as a serious historical writer.

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