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Dorothea; or, A Ray of New Light. 2 vols. FIRST DUBLIN EDITION.
Dublin: Printed by Thomas Burnside, for P. Wogan, H. Colbert,. 1801. Half titles; C3 (p31-p32) vol. II is torn in half across the middle of the page; while both halves are still present, in a curious piece of mis-binding, the upper portion of the leaf is in the correct position, while the lower half is to be found between C4 & C5, p149 vol. I, though legible, has some printing flaws. Contemp. full mottled calf, maroon & black leather labels; boards sl. bowing, v. sl. rubbing. The London edition, also 1801, was in three volumes; this Dublin edition is in BL only on Copac. Dorothea was published in an anthology of anti-Jacobin novels in 2005, where, unlike the BL's anonymous copy, it was attributed to 'Mrs Bullock'. The work was intended to counter the prevailing trends in late 18th and early 19th century literature for radicalism and social upheaval. It directly challenges the writing of William Godwin, quoting him in several places in an attempt to undermine his political philosophy. The main protagonist, Dorothea, is portrayed as naive, misguided and self-destructive for her devotion to modern thinking. The novel is an anti-radical polemic: "If you are a modern philosopher, the best which I can offer is, for your speedy deliverance from the energetic sublimity of your incomprehensible dogmas; but if you are. a pupil of the old school, be contented, I beseech you, to thank Heaven for your ignorance, and. shut your eyes against the delusions of that ignus fatuus the NEW LIGHT!" [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers [London, United Kingdom]
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