Gaston de Blondeville, or the Court of Henry III. Keeping Festival in Ardenne, A Romance. St. Alban's Abbey, A Metrical Tale; with Some Poetical Pieces... To Which is Prefixed a Memoir of the Author, with Extracts From Her Journals. Anne RADCLIFFE.

Gaston de Blondeville, or the Court of Henry III. Keeping Festival in Ardenne, A Romance. St. Alban's Abbey, A Metrical Tale; with Some Poetical Pieces... To Which is Prefixed a Memoir of the Author, with Extracts From Her Journals.

London: Henry Colburn, 1826. First edition. Four volumes. 12mo. Bound without the half titles called for in volumes three and four only, thus: (iv), 132, 186; (iv), 399, (1); (iii-vi), 375, (1); (iii-v), vi, (2), 331, (1) pp. Near contemporary brown half calf over marbled boards, spine flat with double gilt ruled compartments, gilt titled black labels, plain endpapers, old ownership inscriptions of one Mrs Edward Flowers to the free endpapers of each volume, further inscriptions of a W.L. Taylor to upper edge of title pages to the third and fourth volumes partially shaved. Two of the volumes with old notes to rear endpapers. Light wear to extremities of the bindings, a very good set. First written in 1802, this the first edition was published posthumously, Radcliffe having died in 1823. As well as being hugely influential as a female writer, her work also helped define the genre of the Gothic novel. The work is prefixed with a memoir of the author's life and appended by the long poetical work St. Alban's Abbey, the latter two-thirds of volume four comprises her "Miscellaneous Poems". Wolff, 5680. Item #19475

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