1902 In The Shadow of Purple A Royal Romance
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Decorative Binding, Illustrated, Scarce, Signed
George Gilbert is a pseudonym for Mary Lucy Arthur. Signed by the author, to the recto of front endpaper. Very unsually a signed copy. This work is based on the romance and life of Maria Fitzherbert. Fitzherbert was a longtime companion of the future King George IV with whom she secretly contracted a marriage which was invalid under English civil law. Arthur states to the preface that she is unsure on the accuracy of her fictional work, which is founded on fact. She admits she is unsure of the authenticity of love-letters she uses which she found in a book in Brighton library. 'I do not pretend or wish this to be thought a biography of Mrs Fitzherbert. It is put forth as a novel, founded on fact and written with the purpose of emphasising the essential particular that an illegal marriage did take place.'
In original cloth binding. Externally, generally smart. Spine has faded. Bumping and rubbing to the extremities and spine. Patches of rubbing to the joints. Inscription from the author to the recto of front endpaper, 'To Mr Bishop from Mary Arthur 'George Gilbert' March 23rd 1902.' Internally, binding is strained in places. Pages are generally bright with heavy spots to the first and last few pages. Otherwise, occasional scattered spots.
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