New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1850 [actually published November, 1849].
First American edition, Harper & Brothers' 'Library of Select Novels' issue ("octavo edition in wrappers" printed in two columns), in publisher's boards. pp. -2(ads), -206 (followed by 18 pages of publisher's advertisements)[bound without original wrappers]. "SHIRLEY": 'LIBRARY OF SELECT NOVELS' ISSUE, IN ORIGINAL BOARDS. Spine rubbed and moderately browned, with nick to cloth at tips of spine, early moderate soiling and wear to extremities of covers, verso of front and rear flyleaves quite darkened, small contemporary ink number at top edge of title page (in brown ink, in upper margin), two-inch closed tear to first leaf of ads (neatly archivally mended), early, very faint, light brown stain barely visible in lower margin of last few leaves, else a good to very good copy see Sadlier 348, for the English edition, published by Smith & Elder, as a triple-decker, in 1849]; Smith "Bronte Sisters" p. 171; Symington p. 41. Item #346917
An elusive title in this Library of Select Novels issue; especially scarce in the publisher's "Library of Select Novels" boards.
"Shirley. A Tale," was issued as No. 132 in the Harper's Library of Select Novels-- this copy is bound in contemporary quarter cloth and boards, in publisher's binding for the "Library of Select Novels" (with publisher's label on spine stating: "Select/ Novels/ Nov").
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