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    William Godwin: Mandeville: A Tale of the Seventeenth Century in England. (Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1817), 367 pages, banded half-leather with gray-green boards and gilt lettering and accenting on spine, 12mo (4.25" x 7.25"). The revolutionary period of English history fascinated Godwin throughout his writing. Mandeville takes place during the English Civil War. Despite its status as a well researched and detailed historical novel, it is also a chilling tale of madness, an intense study of the power of the subconscious, the psychology of a jealous, sometimes psychotic character and the destructive forces of sectarian bigotry. In the preface, Godwin acknowledges inspiration from American author Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland and also from Joanna Baillie's De Monfort, both of which deal with fraternal jealousy. The book is in good condition, with front and back edges of spine rubbed, edges near corners and corners rubbed, and some general edge wear. The front board has 1.5" raised line and three very light scratches each 1.5". Front and back boards have glue stains along edges of leather. Textblock very tight, with light to moderate foxing, otherwise bright and clean. Without inserted ads, half titles present. From the Betty Bennett Collection.

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