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    "The Adventures of a Young Lady"

    Catharine Trotter Cockburn and others. Letters Of Love And Gallantry. And several other Subjects. All Written by Ladies. Vol. I [of 2]. London: for S[amuel] Briscoe, 1693. First edition. Twelvemo. A6, B-L12. Lacking G4, G9, H10, and lower half of I12, all of which are replaced in facsimile on old paper. Lacking L11 and L12 [blanks]. [12], 229, [7 advertisement] pages. Title page in red and black. Modern sheep, blind rules, spine banded, title gilt; title page stained with outer edge repaired with tissue; edge tears G9-G10, paper chips, holograph pen and pencil notes, foxing, browning to pages, but overall a good copy of a very rare book. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    The longest part of this volume, pages 1-141, is occupied with the first edition of Catherine Trotter's "Adventures of a Young Lady."

    Catharine Trotter [married name Cockburn] (1674?-1749), playwright and philosopher. "Catharine Trotter apparently learned to write and to speak French by her own efforts, but according to the biographical summary, "The life of Mrs. Cockburn", written by Thomas Birch, the editor of The Works of Mrs. Catharine Cockburn, she 'had some assistance in the study of the Latin grammar and Logic' (Birch, 1.v). It is not clear whence that assistance came. Her first published work was an epistolary novella, The Adventures of a Young Lady, her anonymous contribution to a collection published by Samuel Briscoe entitled Letters of Love and Gallantry and Several other Subjects, All Written by Ladies (two volumes, 1693-1694, volume one). Although anonymous in this edition, the novella, retitled Olinda's Adventures, or, The Amours of a Young Lady, was attributed to Mrs. Trotter in a 1718 collection published by Briscoe: Familiar Letters of Love, Gallantry and Several Occasions. Her novella is superior in construction and style to the general run of letter fiction in this period." -Oxford DNB.

    A second volume was issued in 1694 (not present here) of which the ESTC finds only two copies (one in US). Wing L1784. ESTC r222692 [one copy at Bodleian only].

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