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Porter, Miss A. M. [Anna Maria]
Honor O'Hara, a Novel in Three Volumes
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1826. First edition. Contemporary half straight-grain morocco over marbled boards with gilt to spines. Marbled endpapers. Some light rubbing to boards and corners, but in all a square, pleasing set that presents well. Contemporary ownership signature "S. H. Cowley Nov. 1826" to header of each title page. A beautiful, fresh and unfoxed copy with just a bit of staining to the rear endpaper of volume I, else internally unmarked. Collating vii, [1], 400; [4], 453, [1]; [4], 536: bound without advertisements else complete, including half and full titles to each and errata slip tipped into front of volume II. Institutionally scarce and currently the only copy on the market, it has appeared only twice at auction in the last 30 years. Anna Maria Porter began her literary career at age 13, publishing a series of stories under the title Artless Tales and featuring a frontis by her brother, the painter Sir Robert Ker Porter. Like her brother and her novelist sister, Jane Porter, she had "decided from an early age to devote her life to literature and the arts"; and Jane once "said of Anna that 'the quickness of her perceptions gave her an almost intuitive knowledge of everything she wished to learn'" (ODNB). A family friend of Charles Austen and an admirer "of Jane Austen's fiction during the period in which her literary reputation was at its lowest ebb," Anna wrote that "of all their country's novelists (with the exception of Sir Walter Scott), no novelist surpasses her in capturing truth or painting characters" (Knezevich & Looser). Indeed, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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