London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
[JACSON, Frances Margaretta]. Disobedience. A Novel. London: William Lane, Minerva Press, 1797. 3 vols., 12° (166 x 103mm). Half-title in each vol. (half-title in vol. I with piece torn from bottom margin, vol. II with heavy worming to bottom margin of preliminaries and first 35 leaves, some staining in vol. IV, some general light spotting and occasional dust-soiling). Contemporary calf-backed grey boards, spine of each vol. numbered '77' in gilt (spines worn). Provenance: [Newton Hall, Northumberland].
FIRST EDITION of the author's second novel. Frances Jackson's novels 'enjoyed considerable contemporary popularity', Maria Edgeworth even considering one of her works superior to Jane Austen's Emma. However, her anonymity was carefully guarded, and once her authorship had faded into obscurity, it was only in the 1990s that secure assignment of her novels occured (see ODNB). Only 2 copies recorded in the British Isles (BL and John Rylands). Blakey p. 180. (4)
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