FIRST EDITION, some spotting, early signature (largely illegible, but from the Gell family) and a watercolour coat of arms (Gell) to half-titles, critical quotation from the Monthly Review to verso of vol. i title-page (written before binding and partly cropped),pp. [iv], 293, ; [iv], 285, ; [iv], 304, 12mo, early quarter blue roan, marbled boards, spines divided by gilt fillets and lettered direct in gilt, marbled endpapers, a little bit rubbed, modern bookplate, very good
The first edition of Godwin’s first major novel, in a contemporary binding in remarkably good state. This was Godwin’s biggest success as a fiction writer, both at the time and, in terms of its importance in literary history, now. It stands at the intersection - and the origin - of numerous genres, including the detective story, the Gothic, and the psychological novel.
Author Godwin (William)