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LOVE-LETTERS BETWEEN A NOBLEMAN And His SISTER; With the History of Their Adventures. In Three Parts.
Printed by S. Powell, for Philip Crampton, . Bookseller., Dublin: 1729 - Headpieces. Decorative initial capital letters. Aphra Behn generally recognized as the first professional female writer and the first women whose writing won her interment in Westminster Abbey. She was [probably] born in Kent, the daughter of Bartholomew & Elizabeth Denham Johnson. As an adult, she traveled to Surinam in 1663-1664 and married a Dutch merchant who died of the plague in 1665. In 1666 she served as an agent for the British government as she was sent to Antwerp to gather information about exiled Cromwellians and to relay Dutch military plans. She first achieved literary celebrity as a playwright, entering the theatre in 1670 where she produced more than 17 plays. Her specialty was the "Spanish comedy", an intrigue wherein is manipulated a number of couples into a complexity of intrigues, mistaken identities, duels, practical jokes and the rest. Her best known play is The Rover (1677) set in Naples. A number of her plays deal with a popular theme, i.e., an attack on forced marriages. In her later years, Behn wrote fiction, producing more than a dozen novels. Blain notes: "AB was generous and popular with her peers but often vilified in print. She had more than one lover, some poems hint at love between women. Her works (where sex is as central as in those of her friend Rochester and other contemporaries) often question expectations about women; the filth so long alleged is not to be found" [Blain. FEMINIST COMPANION, p. 78]. In the epistolary work, a woman submits first to incest then to face-saving albeit degrading marriage, which reputedly was based on the relationship between Forde Grey (Lord Tankerville) and his sister-in-law, Lady Henrietta Berkeley. OCLC records just 2 cc of this scarce Dublin edition [INU in the US]; ESTC adds two additional [both in the UK]. Binding - Fine. Textblock - VG+ (some age toning to paper). Modern full calf, with elaborate gilt decorated spine, in a period style. 12mo. 6-5/8" x 3-7/8". 1st Dublin edition (O'Donnell A17 note). 459, [1] pp. Last page a publisher avert. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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