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John Inglesant; a romance - SHORTHOUSE, Joseph Henry - 1880. 
Birmingham: Cornish Brothers. 1880 Half title. Original parchment by Burn & Co., lettered in red on front and spine. Slightly rubbed and marked, minor repairs, leading inner hinge cracking, booklabel of Alex. Bridge on front pastedown. Overall a very good copy. In a handsome custom-made maroon cloth slipcase, with black leather spine label. Scarce.Sadleir 3054; Wolff 6300. There were only 100 copies of this first privately printed edition of Shorthouse's 17th century philosophical & religious romance. 75 were given away, 25 copies sold. Mrs. Humphry Ward showed the book to Alexander Macmillan who 'thought it a work of genius, and published it in two volumes in 1881. Then it sold 80, 000 copies'. It was influential on Ward's own novel of 'religion in the modern world', Robert Elsmere
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