London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1868. First Edition. Octavo. Item #023218
Engraved frontispiece 315pp., with a beautiful fore-edge painting depicting Queen Victoria and Prince Albert both flanking the Balmoral Castle. This work was written basically as a journal of the Queens favorite places of tour. She was asked by Mr. Helps to publish her journal so the people would know more about her life. She thought it a good idea to print only for private use to give to friends, family, and other royal subjects. Mr. Helps mentioned that her public would also benefit from knowing about her, Prince Albert and their days of leisure together. There is nothing written about her reign. This journal depicts her love of the countryside and the people who live there. She decided to have the book published for the public. The first edition sold twenty thousand copies, which was a great success. Further editions were printed, and a sequel was published titled More Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands. A lovely copy bound in full red pebble grained morocco centrally stamped with the Queens' coat-of-arms in gilt, raised bands with title gilt in one compartment, cream endpapers, all edges gilt protecting the fore-edge painting. There is an inscription which follows: for Mary & ?/from a Loyal subject/March 7th and 10th, 1868. Corners lightly rubbed through and light scattering of foxing . A very nice copy.