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30 April 2015
THE BLAIR CHARITABLE TRUST, REMOVED FROM BLAIR CASTLE, BLAIR ATHOLL, SCOTLAND
CHARLTON, Mary (fl. 1794-1824). Rosella, or modern occurrences. A novel. London: printed at the Minerva-Press, for William Lane, 1799. 4 volumes, 12° (166 x 100mm). Volume I with half-title and engraved frontispiece. (A few scattered insignificant spots.) Contemporary tree half calf over blue marbled paper-covered boards, vellum tips, red and black morocco gilt spine labels (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl (1755-1830, armorial bookplates).
RARE FIRST EDITION of Charlton's satire on novel-reading. 'Charlton has much in common with her fellow Minerva best-sellers. All of [William] Lane's top authors worked in the Gothic mode, providing their readers with tales of domestic persecution in quasi-exotic settings, but both contemporary and modern critics have professed to find Charlton's descriptions superior to those of her competitors ... [Rosella is] her best work' (ODNB). Block p.39; Summers p.488; ESTC T140061 recording 11 copies, only 2 of which in the British Isles (BL and Cambridge).
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