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Tales And Miscellaneous Pieces - Maria Edgeworth - 1825. 
London - R. Hunter et al 1825 - Twelve volumes of this fourteen volume collection of Maria Edgeworth's stories, attractively bound in full straight grained morocco. Maria Edgeworth was a prolific Anglo-Irish writer of adults' and children's literature. She was one of the first realist writers inthe latterand was a significant figure in the evolution of the novel in Europe. She heldforthright views, for a woman of her time, on estate management, politics and education, and corresponded with some of the leading literary and economic writers, including Sir Walter Scott and David Ricardo. Volumes II and XII are not present. The contents are as follows:Volume I:Castle Rackrent; Essay on Irish BullsandModern Griselda; Volume III:Belinda volume II; Volume IV:Leonora, with Several Letters on Several Subjects and an Essay on Self-Justification; Volume V:Popular Tales; Volume VI:Popular Tales and Dramas; Volume VII:Tales of Fashionable Life volume I;Volume VIII:Tales of Fashionable Life volume II;Volume IX:Tales of Fashionable Life volume III;Volume X:Tales of Fashionable Life volume IV; Volume XI:Patronage volume I;Volume XIII:Harrington and Ormond;Volume XIV:Ormond. Castle Rackrent was Edgeworth's first novel. It was submitted for anonymous publication in 1800 without her family's knowledge. It was an immediate success, with its clever satire of Anglo-Irish landlords. Tales of Fashionable Life is a collectionof short stories which often focus on the life of a woman. The second series was particularly well received in England, making her the most commercially successful novelist of her age. After this, Edgeworth was regarded as the preeminent woman writer in England alongside Jane Austen. Collated: while no precise collations are available, the volumes present appear complete. Condition: In full straight grain morocco, with gilt detailing and titles to the spines. Externally smart, with a little rubbing to the extremities and spines. There is very little marking to the boards. Internally, a little age toned and very slightly cockled. Otherwise, however, generally clean. Volumes one and sevenhave ink inscriptions to the front free endpapers. Generally firmly bound. Overall: VERY GOOD [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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