‘LEAR, Fanny’, [pseudonym of Harriet Ely BLACKFORD]. ~ Le Roman d’une Américaine en Russie accompagné de lettres originales. Paris: [printed in Brussels by Cnophs, fils, for] A. Lacroix et compagnie, 1875.
12mo (200 × 120 mm), pp. 336. Uncut. Original plain wrappers, preserved (without spine) in slightly later blue half morocco gilt. Wrapper slightly spotted, but an excellent copy.
First edition, large paper copy on vergé (and rare thus). The scandalous memoirs of Philadelphia-born Harriet Ely Blackford, dubbed ‘Fanny Lear’, who conducted an affair with Grand Duke Nicholas Constantinovich, nephew of Czar Nicholas I between 1870 and 1874. In 1874 she was accused of stealing diamonds belonging to the imperial family and was banished from the court.