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Título: Evenings at Haddon Hall, a series of ...
Editorial: London, Henry G. Bohn, 1853.
Condición del libro: Good
Descripción London, Henry G. Bohn, 1853. 8°. VIII, 432 pages with 24 steel-engravings by George Cattermole. Original full calf. Spine faded and lettering slightly damaged. Very firm binding. Internally the text bright and very clean. The plates with some foxing. Private inscription from 1856 on the endpaper. Overall in very good condition. Rare. The "Baroness de Calabrella" (c. 1788 – October 6, 1856, Paris), born Catherine Ball, was an English socialite, journalist, and writer. Catherine was born in December 1787, the daughter of David and Sarah Ball of Bishop's Hall, Lambourne, Essex. Her grandmother Ruth had, for her second marriage, married Admiral Edward Hughes, who had obtained a large fortune. However, with the deaths of Catherine's uncle Henry Ball (1792), Admiral Hughes (1794), her father (1798) and her grandmother (1800), the money was left to David Ball's children - mostly to the only son, Edward (1798-1863), but substantial sums to Catherine and her sisters Ruth and Sydney. The family may have moved to Admiral Hughes' former residence on Portland Place in London after her father's death. Sometime later her mother remarried, to a man named Thomas Johnson. Her brother Edward, youngest of the family (ten years her junior), became the famously wealthy dandy and gambler known as "The Golden Ball". Her 1843 book Prism of Imagination is dedicated to "E. H. Ball Hughes, Esq., by his much-attached and affectionate sister, (the Baroness) E. C. De Calabrella". On July 9, 1804 she married Rev. Francis Lee (c. 1768 - 1826), a chaplain to the Prince of Wales. Her mother had previously rejected the marriage, but the couple published banns in a local church and were married, with a servant of Rev. Lee pretending to be her father. Rev. Lee lived nearby in Duke Street, Portland Place, and the couple lived happily at first; a son, Edward Hughes Lee (d. 1834), was born in April 1806. However, Catherine and her husband became estranged, and he spent time in Spain without her. A second child, a daughter, was born in 1810, which Lee disclaimed. Catherine moved in with a lover, Captain George de Blaquiere (a son of soldier and politician John Blaquiere, 1st Baron de Blaquiere). Blaquiere was successfully sued for criminal conversation by Lee. Rev. Lee died by suicide in 1826, and George de Blaquiere in the same year. Catherine used de Blaquiere's name for a time, but may not have ever married him, as she was not able to do so until her first husband's death. Some time later she may have married Thomas Jenkins, the first patron of the Countess of Blessington; she certainly used his name. He would have been an elderly man at the time of the marriage, and he died in 1837. At some point she acquired property in southern Italy and starting using the title "Baroness de Calabrella". The property belonged previously to her son and his widow was using the title as late as 1838. By the 1840s she had purchased a newspaper named the Court Journal, which covered mostly society matters. The paper had been losing money, and it continued to do so under several editors she hired to run it. One of the editors, Jocquim Hayward Stocqueler, wrote of her, ".the baroness was tall and of a rather elegant figure. She must have been decidedly handsome in her youth; care, and a certain sense of dignity, had imparted a severe and melacholy expression to her features; but her manners were gentle and ladylike." He also recounted her friendship with the Countess of Blessington and her mortification when the Court Journal gave one of Blessington's novels a bad review. She wrote novels and short stories, and published a book on etiquette that went through a number of American editions. Her stories appeared in a number of gift books edited by her friend the Countess of Blessington, and she edited or wrote several such works herself. (Wikipedia) Publications: Novels: The Tempter and the Tempted (1842), The Cousins (Ainsworth's Magazine, 1843), The Land of Promise, a Tale (1844), The Double Oath; or, The Rendezvou. Nº de ref. de la librería 27392AB