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Ada Reis, a Tale
London: John Murray, 1823, 1823. First edition. Garside & Schöwerling 1823: 52; NCBEL III, 740; not in Wolff, who had Lamb's two other novels. Edges a little rubbed; fine copy.. 3 vols, small 8vo, early 19th century purple half morocco, drab paper boards, gilt decorations and lettering. Half-titles present. The third novel by Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828), an exotic and dark tale that follows the exploits of Ada Reis as he travels around the world. Much of the plot uses as its source famous voyages, and there are 61 pages of footnotes to such works as Volney's Egypt, Tully's Tripoly, Herrera's Voyage to America, and Humboldt's Tableau de la Nature. And there are oblique and not-so-oblique references to Lord Byron, such as when Ada Reis is described as "the once-famous Corsair, the Don Juan of his day."
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