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The Private History of the Court of England
London: For the author, and sold by B. Crosby & Co., 1808. London: For the author, and sold by B. Crosby & Co.,, 1808. In two volumes. 2 volumes, duodecimo. Bound c.1900 by Rivière & Son in dark green half morocco, spines gilt lettered direct, green cloth sides, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Half-titles. Early ownership inscriptions of Horace Bleakley to half-titles; pastedowns with collector's bookplates of Minto Wilson. The real identities of the historical characters occasionally supplied in neat early manuscript. A little rubbed to corners, an excellent copy. First edition. Sarah Green (fl. 1790–1825) was, according to A Biographical Dictionary of the Living Authors of Great Britain and Ireland, "a native of Ireland". She enjoyed a productive 26-year career as a novelist, most writing under pseudonyms or partly concealed authorship, including novels for the Minerva Press. This novel, combining political satire, "secret history", and sexual expose, satirised the current Prince of Wales in the guise of an historical novel by purporting to be a depiction of Edward IV, the heir apparent during the troubled reign of Henry VI, and traces the Prince's descent from romantic hero to debauchee. The Monthly Review (58, January–April 1809, 101) rated it a "clumsy fiction" of scurrilous intent, but the satirical parallels are both carefully and amusingly executed. The first edition is scarce in commerce.
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