Thaddeus of Warsaw. In Four Volumes. Miss Porter, Jane.
Thaddeus of Warsaw. In Four Volumes
Thaddeus of Warsaw. In Four Volumes
Thaddeus of Warsaw. In Four Volumes

Thaddeus of Warsaw. In Four Volumes.

Flatbush (N.Y.) & New York: Riley, 1809.

Second American edition. 12mo. Half contemporary calf and marbled boards. Covers worn, vol II leaning, both vols. lack ffep., wear to titles, text toned and foxed Doggett, Long Island Printing, #302, p. 126; Shaw & Shoemaker 18429-32. For first edition, cf. Sadleir 1972, Wolff 5608 & Summers, p. 530. Provenance: signed Wm M. Summers on front pastedown and his ink stamp on titles. Item #257563

Porter’s first acknowledged book which appeared in Boston with "First American Edition" on title-page and Flatbush (Vols. 1 & 2) and then New York (for Vols. 3 & 4) in the same year, 1809. An historical novel loosely based on the adventures of the Polish General Kosciuszko, the story centers on a young Polish officer exiled in London. To judge by the number of reprints, it was extremely popular — indeed, Miss Porter’s most successful work.

Although Jane Porter claims in her foreword of 1831 that the ‘historical’ romance Thaddeus of Warsaw (1803) was her first substantial publication, Fraser's Magazine names her as author of The Spirit of the Elbe (1799), a romance in the German taste. An unpublished letter indicates that The Two Princes of Persia: Addressed to Youth (1801), a moralistic fable published under the name I. Porter, was also her work. Neither was kindly treated by contemporary reviewers, which may explain Porter's unwillingness to admit authorship.

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