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        Titlepage to 'Letters of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, written during her travels in Europe, Asia and Africa', published in 1763

        English School, (18th century). Medium: printed paper. Date: 1763. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) English aristocrat and writer; she was the wife of the British ambassador to Turkey, Sir Edward Wortley Montagu (1678-1761), and her letters are considered an invaluable resource on the manners and customs of the Muslim Orient of the 18th century; Having been scarred by smallpox as a young woman, she pioneered inoculation against the disease in England after observing its effectiveness in Turkey. Provenance: Private Collection.

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