Dublin: James McGlashen, [1846-]1847.
First edition, bound from the parts. Illustrated by Phiz. vii, [iii], -342pp. 1 vols. 8vo. BOUND FROM PARTS, WITH WRAPPERS AND 2 ALS. Bound in full green levant morocco, gilt spine, t.e.g., others uncut, printed wrappers bound in. Spine slightly toned, else fine. Bookplate of William Roughead Loeber & Loeber L103; Sadleir 1375; Wolff 4012; Topp 8, 178. Item #319188
Tipped-in are two autograph letters, signed, of Le Fanu, on his Dublin lettterhead. The first, dated 2nd Jaanuary 1866, acknowledging a letter, “the purport of which my fears in some degree foreshadowed, one link in the chain through which the intelligence reached me, being a Lady! I had written to my friend. Percy Fitzgerald, now I suppose in London, to investigate and report upon the story, but he, it seems, had stopped on his way at a friend’s … I shall look withvery great interest to the important sereis of papers in the Athenaeum and I am so glad that the subjetc is to be treated by you.” The second, dated 31 Augst 1868, offers his services “if you have any thought of an Irish constituency.”
The scarce parts-issue of the only Le Fanu novel to be issued in this form. The back cover of the final wrapper (parts X,XI) does not conform to Sadleir; here it is identical with that of part VI.
William Roughead (1870-1952), trained as a lawyer in Edinburgh and held the post of Writer to His Majesty’s Signet; he was an expert on criminology and published numerous accounts of major murder crimes.
"Historical fiction set in Dublin during the viceroyalty of the earl of Wharton during the beginning of the eighteenth century..." Loeber.
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