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LADY NOEL BYRON AND THE LEIGHS: Some authentic records of certain circumstances in the lives of Augusta Leigh

LADY NOEL BYRON AND THE LEIGHS: Some authentic records of certain circumstances in the lives of Augusta Leigh, and others of her family, that concern Anne Isabella, Lady Byron, in the course of forty years after her seperation. Strictly Private.

MILBANKE, Ralph, 2nd Earl Lovelace. (Editor). Byron, Lady Anne Isabella. pp. (iv), 249. 8vo. Original boards, paper spine and label, spine slightly dulled, back board slightly marked. The half title states '(No publication of the contents of this volume may take place without authorisation in writing from Lord Wentworth or Lady Noel Byron's other representatives.) Thirty-six copies only have been printed, of which this is number 27.' Inscribed on the inside front board in biro 'Given to me by Ly Wentworth. C. Draper.' Ralph Milbanke's title at the date of publication of this book was Lord Wentworth. He was the grandson of the poet Lord Byron and the son of Ada Lovelace. On his death in 1906 the Barony of Wentworth devolved on his only child, Ada Mary. On her death in 1917 the title passed to her aunt, Anne Isabella Noel, wife of Wilfred Scawen Blunt, who died in 1922. The title then passed to their only surviving child Judith Anne Dorothea Blunt-Lytton, owner of the Crabbet Arabian Stud. On her death in 1957 the title passed to her son, the Earl of Lytton. Biro pens were not invented until 1938, so, although one cannot be sure of when the biro inscription was written it can be assumed that the donor of the book to C. Draper was Judith Blunt-Lytton.Wise Vol 2, p.111. Wise says 'I suppose this must be the most hopelessly unobtainable book in the whole series of Byroniana . Of the thirty-six copies printed a few only were distributed; the larger proportion of the issue was destroyed.'