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The History of George Desmond: Founded on Facts which Occurred in the East Indies and now Published as a Useful Caution to Young Men Going Out to that Country.
Wellington, Salop., 1821. Wellington, Salop.. 1st Edition.. 1821.. Black & white engraved frontispiece with tissue-guard. Full nineteenth century morocco stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt with raised bands, head and tail bands and a silk tie marker, all edges gilt. (iv) +290pp. 18.7 x 11.2cm. This is a handsome binding, an exceptional copy in terrific condition. Exhibition quality. Mary Martha Sherwood (née Butt, 1775-1851) was one of the most prolific children's writers of the Romantic era. She produced well over 300 tales, stories, novels, tracts, and pamphlets as well as a lengthy autobiography,' The Life of Mrs. Sherwood.' which was later edited by her daughter. Although her books were initially intended only for the children of the military encampments in India, the British public also received them enthusiastically. She wrote The History of George Desmond (1821) to warn young men of the dangers of emigrating to India. This is one of Mrs Sherwood's scarcest novels closely based on her own experiences in India. It was never reprinted. The lengthy sub-title is somewhat misleading as the message of the book is more of warning to the young women that the men they go out to marry, may have contracted liaisons with native Indian girls. As Naomi Royde Smith points out, 'it is interesting as an eyewitness account of the effects of Eastern eroticism on Western sensibility.' (The State of Mind of Mrs Sherwood' 1946). Perhaps the most gripping of her narratives, there are fine descriptions of high life in Calcutta in the early nineteenth century. Later, the hero, an emplo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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