London, South Kensington
30 April 2015
THE BLAIR CHARITABLE TRUST, REMOVED FROM BLAIR CASTLE, BLAIR ATHOLL, SCOTLAND
RADCLIFFE, Ann, née Ward (1764-1823). The Mysteries of Udolpho. London: G.G. and J. Robinson, 1794. 3 volumes, 8° (173 x 99mm). (Volume I lacking advertisement leaf and 2-leaf dedication, some faint stains and occasional soil marks.) 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).
FIRST EDITION of Ann Radcliffe’s first novel, the atmosphere of hidden threat set by the epigraph in volume I: ‘Fate sits on these dark battlements and frowns ….’ Block p. 193; Rothschild 1701; Summers pp. 135 &. 434.
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