Bound without half title or ads. in a presentation binding of full black morocco, elaborate dec. gilt borders, raised bands, compartments ruled in gilt; very sl. rubbed. Presentation inscription on leading f.e.p.: ‘To the Right Honorable Sir Peter Laurie Bart. Lord Mayor of London, friend of the poor and defender of the Peoples rights. A testimony of respect by the Author. March 20th 1883’. Book label of Sir Peter Laurie on leading pastedown. a.e.g. v.g.
See Wolff 3283 for the 1827 first edition. A novel partly set in India, by Horne “of the India House”. Presented to Sir Peter Laurie, perhaps because of his connections to India, having made his fortune as a saddler supplying the Indian army. Elected Lord Mayor of London in 1832, Laurie was a campaigner for social, political and prison reforms.
Author (HORNE, M.J.)
Publisher Smith, Elder.