1844 Saint James's Or The Court of Queen Anne An Historical Romance
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Author's Presentation Copy, First Edition, Illustrated, Original Binding, Scarce
A presentation copy, signed by the author and addressed to the illustrator of Ainsworth's portrait frontis, Daniel Maclise. Direct from the library of the late Hugh Selbourne MD (1906-1973) a noted book collector and diarist. Collated, complete. With an inscription to the recto of front endpaper noting the issue points: 'First Edition, Second Title. This set contains the whole of the etchings by G Cruikshank (14) originally issued with the novel as it first appeared in 'Ainsworth's Magazine', together with the portrait of the author engraved by Finden after Daniel Maclise. Copies as issued, contain 9 etchings only and no portrait. The present is certainly perfect with 6 plates more than the first issue. The letterpress is precisely the same, being the first printing with a fresh-dated title only. A Presentation copy from Ainsworth to Dan. Maclise: inscription on flyleaf'. St James's was originally serially published in 1844. It describes the events surrounding the end of Queen Anne's reign and the dispute between the Duke and Duchess of Malborough. This edition is the first publication of the novel in book form.
In half calf bindings. Externally, rubbed. Particularly to the boards and to the head and tail of spines. Loss to the head and tail of volume I. Remnants of stickers to the front board of volume I. Hinges to volume I are tender with cords showing. Rear hinge to volume III is slightly strained but firm. Ink inscription to recto of front endpaper to volume I explains the issue points of this first edition. Recto of front endpaper has signature from the author. Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound though strained in places. Pages are slightly age toned with scattered spots throughout.
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