This rather unassuming book with its stylised VA on the cover, is a copy of
Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands
written by a lady known less for her literary works and more for a name that she gave to an era.
I purchased this book at auction because it is a signed copy, dated 1868. One of Victoria's favourite Prime Ministers who knew how to flatter, referenced the Queen's writing with his own, by beginning a sentence, "We authors, Ma'am...", which worked like a charm. He was of course Benjamin Disraeli. Disraeli further flattered Victoria by creating her Empress of India, so that she and subsequent monarchs until India's independence in 1947, signed their names RI. This signature predates the imperial title and is therefore only Victoria R.