[Mariana Starke, author of travel guide of France and Italy.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'M Starke') [to Lady Anne Cullum] on the sending of 'red Massicum' wine by 'Gargiolo', and her desire to swap a Galignani for a Murray copy of her guide.

Author: 
Mariana Starke (1762-1838), author of travel guide of France and Italy, published in London by John Murray [Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House]
Publication details: 
Both undated, but from 1833, the first on 'Wednesday' and the second on 'Friday evening'. Both from 'Cocumella, Piano di Sorrento.' [Italy]
£220.00
SKU: 22519

The female recipient is not named, but is Lady Ann Cullum (1807-1875), wife of Sir Thomas Gery Cullum (1777-1855) of Hardwick House. The two letters are in fair condition, on creased and folded thin paper, the second with a torn corner unobtrusively repaired with archival tape. ONE: 'Wednesday'. 1p, 12mo. Begins: 'Dear Madam | Gorgiolo [sic] tells me he is going to send to Sir Thomas Cullum about 12 quarts of red Massicum, and the price of the large flask ontaining the wine is to be reducted, if he should like to send the flask back.' She is returning an 'ingenious and useful work, with a thousand thanks', commenting that she is 'not surprised that your Ladyship should admire it. Mr. Keith must be not only a learned but likewise a good man.' She ends in the hope that the Cullums have not 'suffered from the late unhealthy weather'. TWO: 'Friday evening'. 2pp, 16mo. Begins: 'My dear Madam | I enclose Gargiulo's receipt for your Massicum and its transport to Naples; though I shall delay sending it to Mr. Wood till the English vessel is likely to sail.' She asks 'whether Mr. Wood would advise Gargiulo to wash the cask with brandy, before he puts the wine into it, or to leave it as it is? If your Ladyship should happen to know any English Travellers who have got Murray last edition of my Travels, without a map, and published this year, 1833, perhaps you would kindly mention that I should be very glad to give for it Galignani's edition, neatly bound, with an excellent map.' She explains that she 'never saw Murray's edition since it was published', and is 'therefore anxious to compare it with Galignani's'. She ends with her 'best compliments to Sir Thomas Cullum'. In the Naples section of the 1837 edition of her guide, Starke writes that 'Sig. Gargiulo, [sic] whose address may be obtained at the Studii, is a celebrated Restorer of Etruscan and Grecian Vases.'