London, South Kensington
30 April 2015
THE BLAIR CHARITABLE TRUST, REMOVED FROM BLAIR CASTLE, BLAIR ATHOLL, SCOTLAND
[PURBECK, Jane.] William Thornborough, the benevolent Quixote. London: printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1791. 4 volumes, 12° volumes (165 x 100mm). (A few scattered insignificant spots.) Contemporary mottled half calf over marbled paper-covered boards, vellum tips (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl (1755-1830, armorial bookplates).
VERY RARE FIRST EDITION of Jane Purbeck's second epistolary novel after Raynsford Park (1790). The eponymous hero of the present lot has been likened to Samuel Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison, Thornborough acting as a constant device connecting disparate episodes. ESTC N25266, LOCATING ONLY SIX COPIES: BL, Bodleian, Harvard, New York Society, Newberry, and University of Chicago; Block p.192.
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