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John Inglesant: A Romance
Birmingham: Cornish Brothers, 1880 - 8vo, original white parchment boards, red lettering. ? An adventurous philosophical romance set in England and Europe of the early 17th century. John Inglesant was first published at the expense of its unknown author, an obscure middle-aged manufacturer in Birmingham. A copy came to the attention of Mrs. Humphrey Ward (who had recently published her first novel), and its strong themes of devotion in the face of religious and social upheaval strongly impressed her. She passed her copy on to Macmillan and that firm brought out the trade edition in 1881. John Inglesant became an immediate success, selling upwards of 80,000 copies, bringing literary fame to Shorthouse and ensuring the novel a place among the minor Victorian classics. Spine water-stained; parchment a little soiled; some scattered foxing; good, sound copy. First edition, one of 100 privately printed copies. This copy is signed "J. Henry Shorthouse / Lansdowne, Edgbaston" on the verso of the title page. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Brick Row Book Shop, ABAA]
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