Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1908. First printing. Hardcover. 8 3/4 by 6 inches; 225 by 153 mm. xiii, 411 pages. First printing, in jacket. Hardcover, bound in red cloth, the spine lettered in gilt and the front board lettered and ruled in gilt and filled with a brilliant image of a courtyard. A bright, beautiful copy, in a quite well-preserved illustrated jacket with a bit of edgewear and rubbing and some wear and small holes to the blank rear panel. Previous owner's name ("Marguerite A. Baker,/Xmas 1908") in black ink on front free endpaper. Illustrated with numerous photographs, a color frontispiece and four other color plates. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Item #883
The book, a series of informal sketches of life in Spain, including accounts of Granada, Toledo, the Seville fair, and the king's wedding, went into several printings by 1911. Later, in 1916, the author co-wrote, with her sister Laura E. Richards, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of their mother, the abolitionist and suffragist Julia Ward Howe, who wrote the lyrics to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Maud Howe also wrote some fiction, local history of Newport, Rhode Island, where she eventually settled, and other travel books. This copy carries advertisements for two of them, Roma Beata and Two in Italy. Jacket enclosed in a clear, archival-quality, removable protective cover.