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[LAMB, Mary and Charles]. Mrs. leicester's school: or the history of several young ladies; related by themselves.

London. Printed for M. J. Godwin, 1814. Fourth edition.
12mo. [4], viii, [1], 10-176pp. With an engraved frontispiece. Contemporary green half-calf, marbled boards, gilt. Rubbed, slight split to upper joint. Inked ownership inscription to recto of FFEP, offsetting to title page, very occasional light spotting.
An early piece of juvenilia principally by Mary Lamb (with contributions by her brother Charles) centred upon the newly arrived pupils during their first evening in attendance of Mrs. Leicester's school for girls, during which they together relate the circumstances of their upbringings and difficulties had with their immediate families. The stories are at least partially autobiographical, reflecting Mary's troubled childhood and history of mental instability. First printed in 1809, the book proved remarkably popular, reaching 11 editions by 1836.
£ 200.00 Antiquates Ref: 21837