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THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO. A GOTHIC STORY
Parma. 1791.. Sixth edition, Edwards edition, translated by William Marshal from the original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, Canon of the Church of St. Nicholas at Otranto. Printed By Bodoni, for J. Edwards, Bookseller of London, Parma 1791. FROM THE LIBRARY OF FRANCES MARY RICHARDSON CURRER WITH HER INK SIGNATURE AND BOOK-PLATE AND THE BOOK-PLATE OF HER GRANDFATHER MATHEW WILSON. Small 4to, approximately 245 x 170 mm, 9½ x 6½ inches, 2 engraved plates of the castle, one as frontispiece, state B, (engraver Barlow) and the plate before page 1, state A, pages: xxxii, (including half title, title page with motto on verso, second state, Preface to the first edition, page of Sonnet and Preface to second edition), 1-245 plus last blank, bound by Edward of Halifax? in full tree calf in Etruscan style, red gilt lettered morocco label, gilt vases and decoration to spine, gilt decoration to edges of covers and dentelles, marbled endpapers. Binding slightly rubbed, 30 mm, 1½ inch crack to top of upper hinge, slight chipping to cords on upper hinge, slight chipping to head and tail of spine, corners worn with slight loss of leather to lower corners, pale offset from frontispiece to title page, ink splash to 1 lower margin, a few margins have pale dusty marks, endpapers have pale age-browning, fox spot to 1 margin, otherwise a very good copy. See A Gothic Bibliography by Montague Summers, page 264. England’s first lady book collector, Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861) was a well-known bibliophile and scholar, and had one of the largest libraries in the north of England. She was one of the founders of the Clergy Daughters School at Cowan Bridge which Charlotte and Emily Bronte both attended and her surname is undoubtedly the source of Charlotte's pseudonym, 'Currer Bell'. See A. T. Hazen, A Bibliography of Horace Walpole, pages 52-67. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.
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