The Italian; or, The Confessionial of the Black Penitents. A Romance.
London: printed for T. Cadell, and W. Davis, 1811.
Second edition. [ii], 255; [ii], 253; [ii], 307 pp. 3 vols. 12mo. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines stamped in gilt with black lettering pieces. Bookplates of Eleanor Holmes Hinkley, owner signatures. Somewhat rubbed, wear to head of volume I; one leaf in vol. II loosened and pinned in gutter For first edition: Rothschild 1907; Block, p. 193; Summers, p. 140; The English Novel 1770-1829, I, p, 727; CBEL II, 1013. Item #346194
“Radcliffe’s final Gothic novel consciously competes with the horrific Gothic of Lewis and the villain-centered action of THE MONK (1796)... In her movement from terror to horror fiction in THE ITALIAN, Radcliffe sounded a new octave on the Gothic scale. While many readers preferred the quieter terrors of UDOLPHO, THE ITALIAN may well rank as her masterpiece." - Tymn (ed.), Horror Literature 1-317.
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