–Hezekiah Burhan’s Nomenclature and Expositor, 1833
First recorded usage was between 1595 and 1605.
“Beauty, daughter of the gods, Now thy glorious birth remember: Make me victress in the fight, That the gods may live forever.”
–from Fergus Hume’s The Harlequin Opal: A Romance Vol. 1 (of 3), 1893.
My Victresses for the House of Pleasure series so far:
Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam
Only Scandal Will Do
Lady Juliet Ferrers
Only Marriage Will Do
Only A Mistress Will Do