London: Henry Colburn, 1846. First UK edition. Hardcover. Lady Hester was an English eccentric and traveler who left England around 1810 and settled among the Druze (Syrians) of the Lebanon Mountains, where she rebuilt an abandoned convent and came to be regarded as a prophet; she incited the local people to resist an 1831 Egyptian invasion.
First two volumes finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in three quarter dark green morocco and marbled boards, gilt title, 5 raised bands & gilt rules. Marbled end papers; top edge gilt. 8vo. Vol. I: lithographed frontispiece, xix, 372 pp; Vol. II: lithographed frontispiece, ix, 400 pp; vol III published by Elibron Classics in 2003, 422 pp & illustrations. Front edge of marbled covers rubbed. Very good condition. Item #12465