THE DIARY OF AN IDLE WOMAN IN SICILY ..
1881 · London
by Elliot, Frances
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1881. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [i-ix] x-xii  2-254 [255-256: ads] [1-4: ads]; [i-v] vi-viii  2-208, original pictorial brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, rear panels stamped in black, all edges untrimmed, black coated endpapers. First edition. "Frances Minto Elliot (1820-1898) was a prolific English writer, primarily of nonfiction works on the social history of Italy, Spain, and France and travelogues. She also wrote three novels and published art criticism and gossipy, sometimes scandalous, sketches for THE ART JOURNAL, BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY, and THE NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE, often under the pseudonym, 'Florentine.' Largely forgotten now, she was very popular in her day, with multiple re-printings of her books in both Europe and the United States. Elliot had a wide circle of literary friends including Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and Wilkie Collins. Collins dedicated his 1872 novel, POOR MISS FINCH, to her, and much of the content in Marian Holcolmbe's conversations in THE WOMAN IN WHITE is said to be based on her." - Wikipedia. Allibone Supplement, p. 547. Corner tips soft, a nearly fine copy. A lovely copy of a very scarce book. (#158675) (Inventory #: 158675)