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Daughters of Britannia: The Lives and Times of Diplomatic Wives by Katie Hickman (£10.50)Publisher: HarperCollins — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0002557142]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Knocked at the top corner of the upper board with a split to the dust wrapper at the same. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 2nd impression. Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “A mixture of poignant biography and marvellously entertaining social history, Daughters of Britannia is the story of diplomatic life as it has never been told before. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Vita Sackville-West and Lady Diana Cooper are among the well-known wives of diplomats who represented Britain in the far-flung corners of the globe. Yet, despite serving such crucial roles, the vast majority of these women are entirely unknown to history. Who was Mrs. Vigor, gossiping from St Petersburg in the 1730s about the intrigues of the imperial court, or Miss Tully, incarcerated in the British Consulate in plague-torn Tripoli on the eve of the French Revolution?

Drawing on letters, private journals and memoirs, as well as contemporary oral history, Katie Hickman explores not only the public pomp and glamour of diplomatic life, but also the most intimate, private face of this most fascinating and mysterious world. Far from leading lives of luxury and privilege, many women endured harsh, isolated circumstances which they met with remarkable resourcefulness and strength. Journeys could take many months to complete, medical facilities were often primitive or nonexistent and young children frequently died. There were wars, kidnappings, assassination attempts.

Katie Hickman counterpoints stories of high drama with detailed recollections of domestic life where women faced such daily challenges as getting their husbands’ shirt fronts suitably boiled and starched in the wilds of Xinkiang; or finding the right size bulletproof vest in which to do the gardening in Beirut.

Touching on die lives of nearly a hundred diplomatic wives (as well as sisters and daughters), Daughters of Britannia is a brilliant and compelling account of more than three centuries of British diplomacy as seen through the eyes of some of its most intrepid but least-known participants.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXVIII] 323 pages. Tags: diplomats spouses great britain social life and customs biography british foreign countries history married women
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Between the Apple Blossom and the Water by Pamela Norris (£9.50)Publisher: Tiger — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1840560002]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Tiny nick to the top corner of the lower panel otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Women writing about gardens. Reprint [1994 Little, Brown & Co.]Notes: Size: 7¾" x 7¾". Pictorial boards. 119 pages. Tags: twentieth-century flower-arranging garden-writers sackville-west recuperative horticulture relationship by-products chamberlain distilling enthusiasm waterhouse delightful hassard’s wharton’s childhood schreiner beauciful fashioned victorian potpourri broughton gaskell’s nostalgia gardeners practical gardening published anthology frederick novelists depiction sensuous wolseley gardener tranquil virginia richmond stannard historic domestic gertrude frances burnett hodgson passion flowers english delight douglas central
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Some Flowers by Vita Sackville-West (£9.50)Publisher: Harry N. Abrams — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0810938375]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Small closed tear to the head of the spine, some very light marks to the lower panel. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour line drawings. From the cover: “The author has selected blooms that are lovely in shape, colouring, marking, and texture — ‘flowers which painters have delighted, or should delight, to paint’ — and she shows a painterly sensitivity in the words she uses to depict them. Her delightful essays are a magical lesson in looking closely at flowers. The text is not only a series of poetic descriptions, it is also full of useful growing hints and suggestions as to the perfect places to plant each flower, advice that is, of course, still relevant today.Notes: Illustrated by Graham Rust. Size: 10¼" x 7¼". 111 pages. Tags: flowers floristry display house plant iris reticulata tulipa clusiana rosa mundi dianthus caesius salpiglossis lilium regale primula littoniana witchhazel fritillary bartley strain tigridias tiger-flower vita sackville-west graham rust 9780810938373 first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Knole Kent by V. Sackville-West (£7.50)Publisher: The Caxton & Holmsdale Press for the National Trust — 1958Binding: Paperback (Stapled Wrappers) Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. A little faded at the spine and on to the margins of the wrappers with a small nick to the head of the upper wrapper. Description: Notes: Size: 7¼" x 4¾. 38 [4] pages. Tags: art collections country england family guidebooks homes house houses its kent knole national owners sackville sackville-west sevenoaks trust vita
P&P: UK 1st £2.38. UK 2nd £2.20. EU Surface £2.56. EU Air £2.86. ROW Surface £2.56. ROW Air £4.30

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