The Game of Hearts By Harriette Wilson, Lesley Blanch (Editor & Introduction)

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Pre-owned. “Today, in America, the courtesan may be said to have been replaced by the psychoanalyst. In place of the alcove there is the analyst’s office. But basically the functions of both courtesan and analyst have the same principle. Both offer escape, relaxation and individual attention; both are expensive. And the couch is still there” – Lesley Blanch The reigning courtesan of Regency London, Harriette Wilson’s patrons included many of the distinguished men of her day, from the Duke of Wellington to Lord Byron. Hard-pressed for money in middle age, her looks and youth gone, all she had left to sell were her memories. Deliberately written with an eye to blackmail, she sold her memoirs after offering to edit out any lovers who paid her the sum of £200. “Publish and be damned!” cried the Duke of Wellington. She did and she was. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling. Some tearing to dustjacket with a little material missing to top right of front. Original owner has signed in pencil at top left of first page.Some tanning to pages most notably to endpapers. Top edge is a little stained. Please refer to images. Hardcover. Published by Gryphon 1957

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