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    Three Shelley-Related Anthologies. George Borrow: Tales of the Wild and Wonderful (London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co., 1825), first edition, 356 pages, rebound half-leather with brown cloth and marbled endpapers, 12mo (4.75" x 7.5"). The copy presented here is very good, though the half title is missing, previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, top 1.5" of front board sunned, .125" x .25" tear at lower back corner, easily glued.

    Margaret Jane Moore, Countess of Mountcashell: The Stories of Old Daniel (London: M[ary].J[ane]. Godwin and Co., 1825), ninth edition, 308 pages, red half-leather with marbled boards, 12mo (4.25" x 7"). This was first issued in 1808. It was originally attributed to Charles Lamb, but was actually by M. J. Moore, who first met William Godwin in 1800 during his trip to Ireland. In 1805, she left her husband and children to live under the assumed name of "Mrs. Mason", taken from one of Mary Wollstonecraft fictional characters. With the death of Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin found himself not only bereaved, but also the widower father of two children: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Shelley) and Fanny Imlay. His marriage to Mary Jane Godwin added three more. The Godwins started the M. J. Godwin publishing company to support their large family. Stories of Old Daniel were part of Godwin's Juvenile Library and were very successful. All of the early editions are rare. Respined. Boards rubbed and soiled, corners rubbed, heavy foxing from front free endpaper to the title page. Elsewhere, textblock is lightly foxed. 1827 gift inscription on front free endpaper.

    Adelaide Anne Proctor: Legends and Lyrics. A Book of Verses (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1860), 264 pages. Textblock lightly foxed, general wear to brown cloth boards, tips of corners rubbed, head and tail of spine tattered. Overall, this is a handsome collection of nineteenth century anthologies. From the Betty Bennett Collection.


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