W. and E. Finden. The Book of the Boudoir; or, The Court of Queen Victoria.
London: Tilt and Bogue, and New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1842. Folio. Original green calf with decorative gold-stamped covers and spine. All edges gilt. Cover restored at corners and at head and foot of spine. 12 folio engraved portraits, each with some foxing. Otherwise, interior very good.
Twelve portraits of young women associated with the Queen's court, engraved after paintings by John Hayter, are presented in this elaborate Victorian gift book. Each sitter is accorded a short biography, and eighteen poems of love and romance by eleven different poets accompany the appealing portraits. Such a book would have provided English middle class women with an elegant and admiring glimpse of the women in the royal circle.