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Tales of Fashionable Life.
London: for J. Johnson, 1809-12. London: for J. Johnson,, 1809-12. From the celebrated library of Frances Mary Richardson Currer 6 volumes, octavo (176 x 104 mm). Contemporary lightly sprinkled calf, smooth spines with gilt rope-roll bands, dark blue morocco labels, gilt-numbered direct. Engraved bookplates of Mathew Wilson in first 3 vols; bookplates of Frances Mary Richardson Currer in every vol. Extremities a little rubbed, one headband exposed, a small amount of sporadic foxing, still a pleasing set. First edition of both series of tales, which feature stories in which a woman's life is the predominant theme. Maria Edgeworth was the leading Irish intellectual woman and the most commercially successful novelist of her age, vying with Jane Austen in terms of contemporary critical esteem. From the noted library of Frances Currer, which T. F. Dibdin considered placed her "at the head of all female collectors in Europe" (Reminiscences, 2.949). Sadleir 786 (1st series in 2nd ed.); Wolff 1996 (1st series only). [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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