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Edward, the Crusader's Son. A Tale. Illustrating the History, Manners and Customs of England in the Eleventh Century.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1836 - 2 volumes, small octavo. Original blue-green fine-diaper cloth, spines gilt-lettered within decorative lozenge, arabesque blind panel to sides, yellow surface-paper endpapers. Contemporary gift inscription to front pastedowns. Spines gently rolled, a few trivial pale markings to sides. An excellent copy. Engraved frontispiece with tissue-guard to each volume. First and only edition of this early work by the noted woman educationalist, anticipating the didactic medievalism of later Victorians. Barwell (1800-1885), née Bacon, was born in Norwich, the daughter of a journalist. "As a young woman, she helped her father edit his Quarterly Musical Magazine and Review. After her marriage to wine merchant John Barwell, she devoted herself to educational books and philanthropic work with the young. As a married woman Louisa Barwell continued to live in Norwich where she was a pillar of the local literary society", which included Harriet Martineau (Sutherland, The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction, p. 47). Scarce: seven copies only traced in libraries, of which three in the UK (Aberdeen, British Library, and Oxford); no copies traced in commerce. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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