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Silvanella; or, The Gypsey. A novel. In four volumes. 4 vols. in 2, 12mo.
Gloucester: Printed by Joseph Wood, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne, Paternoster- row, London; Brisley, Stroud; and Washbourn, Gloucester. 1812 - 8pp. subscribers list, vol. I, errata slips tipped into first 2 vols & pasted to verso of title in vol. 3; sl. dusted. Contemp. half brown calf over marbled boards, spine tooled in gilt with alternating black and red labels; very sl. splitting along tails of following hinges, boards sl. rubbed. Bookplate of E. H. (Edward Howard) Greenly, & ink ownership inscription of Lady Elizabeth Greenly on each titlepage. An attractive copy of an exceptionally rare early nineteenth-century novel. BL, Liverpool, University of Sydney & University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign only. Contemporary paper strip tipped over first publisher's name (Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Browne) within imprint of each title with ?For? written in ink, so that the altered imprint reads ?Gloucester: printed by Joseph Wood, for Brisley, Stroud; and Washbourn, Gloucester? The novel was also issued by the Minerva Press for A.K. Newman in 1812, with only one extant copy at the BL. It seems likely that Longmans - the original publishers - disassociated themselves from the novel after the sheets had already been printed by Joseph Wood, so he and his local associates covered the Longmans imprint on the original titlepage and sold what they could. Shortly afterwards, the Minerva Press must have bought the original sheets and issued them with a cancel titlepage reading ?London: printed at the Minerva Press, For A.K. Newman and Co. Leadenhall-Street. 1812?, with ?Printed by J. Wood, Herald Office, Gloucester? on verso. The novel is a tale of inheritance and mistaken identity, and tells the story of a gypsy girl who is taken in by a wealthy bachelor and raised as a member of the family. It was reviewed as a Minerva Press novel by early women?s magazine La Belle Assemblée in 1812 (Issue 40) and was declared an enjoyable, though predictable, first novel. The reviewer writes that the authoress ?certainly has talents? for the ?just delineation of natural character? and states that ?we shall be glad to see a future production of this lady?s.? The anonymous author?s second book Lady Jane?s Pocket was published by the Minerva Press for A.K. Newman in 1815. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Jarndyce, The 19th Century Booksellers]
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