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BOUND IN HELSTON

GENLIS, [Stéphanie Félicité], Comtesse de. Tales of the castle: or, stories of instruction and delight...

London. Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1793. Fourth edition.
12mo. In five volumes. Bound by Roberts of Helston, Cornwall, in contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, tooled in gilt and blind. Extremities rubbed and a trifle marked. Binder's tickets and early armorial bookplates of Rev. Henry Grylls to all FEPs, contemporary inked ownership inscriptions of J. W. Grylls to all FFEPs, scattered foxing.
An early edition of Thomas Holcroft's (1745-1809) translation into English of Stéphanie Félicité, Comtesse de Genlis' (1746-1830) collection of reforming novels, first published in 1785. The work was notably read with irritation by Jane Austen, who, in a letter to her cousin Caroline, commented that 'we were disgusted in twenty pages, as, independent of a bad translation, it has indelicacies which disgrace a pen hitherto so pure, and we changed it for the Female Quixote, which now makes our evening's amusement'.
ESTC T147161, Ramsden p.140.
£ 625.00 Antiquates Ref: 24712