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EAST LYNNE (Presentation Copy from the Author to Her Son)
London: Richard Bentley, 1861. Wood, Ellen, Mrs. Henry. EAST LYNNE. London: Richard Bentley, 1862. 4th Edition. Three volumes bound in Original Publisher's Cloth, violet morocco-grained, blocked in blind and gilt. A Very Good set, just slight overall wear, spine a little darkened, spine tips a little rubbed, gilt still bright, one inner hinge expertly repaired. PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION FROM THE AUTHOR TO HER SON inked on the front free endpaper of Vol. 1. "For Harry. From Mamma." Each volume also bears her son's ownership signature "H. M. Wood, Greylands." EAST LYNNE was the single best-selling novel of the 19th century with a million copies sold before 1901. The first edition is a legendary Victorian rarity, few examples survive; Mrs. Wood herself appears to have had to settle on a fourth edition to present to her son. The sensation novel was a literary genre of fiction popular in Great Britain in the 1860s and 1870s, following on from earlier melodramatic, gothic, and romantic genres of fiction. Ellen Wood's controversial EAST LYNNE was the first novel to be critically dubbed "sensational" and began a trend whose main exponents also included Wilkie Collins (THE WOMAN IN WHITE, THE MOONSTONE), and Mary Elizabeth Braddon (LADY AUDLEY'S SECRET). Auction records show only four copies in original cloth (and one rebound copy) to appear for public sale during the last 25 years. In 2004, a copy of EAST LYNNE inscribed to Mrs. Wood's daughter ["Ellen from Mamma"] fetched $55,000.00 at auction. Sadleir (3333), Wolff (7269, rebound). In 1969, David Magee, in his famous Victoria R. I. Catalogue, noted of EAST LYNNE: "A fine copy of this book in original cloth occurs for sale once in a lifetime." . Signed. Decorative Cloth. Very Good.
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