A scarce novel of Oxford College life (1866)

[Wilmot-Buxton (Harry John)]

The Mysteries of Isis; or, The College Life of Paul Romaine. A Story of Oxford.

Published: T & G Shrimpton

Date: 1866

FIRST EDITION,pp. xiii, 330 [final few pages numbered incorrectly], crown 8vo, original blue cloth with blind-stamped double fillet border to both boards, backstrip lettered in gilt and slightly darkened, corners lightly bumped with a couple of bumps to edges, some rubbing to extremities, top edge slightly dusty with a few tiny foxspots to fore-edge, yellow endpapers with ownership inscription to flyleaf and owner’s shelfmark at head of front pastedown, good

A University novel of the reforming variety, which attempts ‘to paint Oxford life [...] from the undergraduates’ gallery’ (Preface). The Spectator’s review was not positive: ‘How a man gets to think himself qualified to sneer at philosophers and to patronize professors because he has a talent for reporting, is to us a greater mystery than any that are unfolded in this volume’. Considerations of literary merit aside, the novel is a scarce one.


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