London, South Kensington
30 April 2015
THE BLAIR CHARITABLE TRUST, REMOVED FROM BLAIR CASTLE, BLAIR ATHOLL, SCOTLAND
[PURBECK, Elizabeth and Jane.] Honoria Sommerville: a novel. London: printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1789. 4 volumes, 12° volumes (170 x 100mm). (Tiny marginal tear at gutter of I.C12, IV.11-12 chipped at fore-edge, a few scattered insignificant spots.) Contemporary tree half calf over blue 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 THE PURBECK SISTERS' FIRST NOVEL. '[It] is the entertaining progression of the heroine from foundling babyhood to "that real happiness so seldom experienced by humanity"' (Samantha Gibbs, Corvey Collection, Sheffield Hallam University website). ESTC N8357, LOCATING ONLY THREE COPIES: at BL, The National Trust and Princeton; Block p.192.
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