A Lady’s Ride Across Spanish Honduras. By Maria Soltera.
[Lester, Mary.]

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1884. First edition. It was originally published in Blackwood’s Magazine. Tinted lithographic frontispiece and five additional tinted lithographic plates after drawings made by the author. Binding extremities lightly rubbed. A few small chips to boards. Marbled edges. Intermittent very minor foxing. Engraved bookplate on front pastedown. A very good, clean copy. Half tan polished calf over marbled boards with brown morocco spine label lettered in gilt. Marbled edges. Octavo. [7], [1, blank], 319 pp. (Item ID: 16346)


Mary Lester’s A Lady’s Ride Across Spanish Honduras, which she wrote under the pseudonym Maria Soltera (Spanish, “Mary Lonely”), is a travel narrative. It is the author’s account of riding a mule, sidesaddle, across three hundred miles of mountainous territory. Written from her journals, it includes descriptions of exotic animal life, the municipality of Amapala, the Honduran political climate and its social practices.

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