It was the hottest A-list invitation sought after by Regency society: A voucher (or ticket of admission) to a ball at Almack’s assembly rooms in London. Only society’s elite were granted these coveted passes. To be stricken from the list was social disaster. This voucher to Almack’s was issued in 1817 to Anna Elizabeth Grenville, Marchioness of Buckingham—who obviously cherished it enough to safeguard it for posterity. See it, along with other rarities from The Huntington’s collections (including a first edition of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice and a musical score in Beethoven’s own hand) in the exhibition Revisiting the Regency: England, 1811–1821, on view through Aug. 1, 2011.
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