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[BRYDGES, Egerton, Sir]. Le forester, a novel.

London. Printed for J. T. Bensley, 1802. First edition.
12mo. In three volumes. [3], vi-vii, [1], 294; [2], 250; [2], 226pp. Contemporary calf, black morocco lettering-pieces, gilt. Rubbed, some surface loss to boards. Contemporary inked ownership inscriptions of Mr. Warren to all FFEPs, tear to leaf H8 of Vol. I (touching text, without loss), small paper flaw to leaf C4 of Vol. II (not touching text), loss to upper corners of leaves F7-8 of same, else internally clean and crisp.
A choice copy of the sole edition of Sir Egerton Brydges' (1762-1837) half poetical prose novel, a tale of historical fiction with 'a part of it outline...suggested by the Annesley story' (The autobiography, times, opinions and contemporaries of Sir Egerton Brydges, London, 1834, where the author also comments that 'it was thought less attractive, and had but a dull sale'). His third published novel, issued in an age of where literary competition proved stiff, all except Arthur Fitz-Albini (London, 1798) are now largely forgotten; his reputation instead resting largely upon his bibliographical efforts in editing and reprinting rare sixteenth- and seventeenth-century texts produced on a printing press at his son's country house, Lee Priory.

OCLC record copies at a single location in the British Isles (BL), and seven others worldwide (Harvard, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Rice, Sydney, and Yale); COPAC adds no further.
Garside, Raven and Schowerling 1802:16.
£ 750.00 Antiquates Ref: 18432