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MONTOLIEU, Maria Henrietta (b. 1765)
The enchanted plants, fables in verse. Inscribed to Miss Montolieu, and Miss Julia Montolieu. Second edition.
London: printed by Thomas Bensley, 1801.
viii, 95, [1] p., engr. frontis. ; 16.1 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. By Maria Henrietta Montolieu. Engraved frontispiece by Luigi Schiavonetti after William Hamilton. A series of moral verses on subjects such as gambling, scandal, vulgarity, etc. drawing on the inspirational qualities of plants, first published in 1800. The second paragraph of the author's advertisement on p. [v] reads: 'The few notes she wrote for her children, [i.e. the Misses Montolieu] and which may be of use to young readers, will be found at the end of the book'. Maria Henrietta Montolieu was the wife of Louis Montolieu, FSA (1761--1817) who stood as one of the candidates for the 1790 Leicester parliamentary election. In the Biographical Dictionary of the Living Authors, 1816, she is also recorded as the author of The Festival of the Rose, 1802 and her collected works in 1812.

Copy Notes Acquired at the Lyttelton Sale, 1--6 July 1823 (q.v.), lot 113 (with 5 other works).

Binding Early C19th blue ribbed morocco, elaborate gilt-tooled borders and spine, gilt edges, yellow endpapers.

Reference Number 1060


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