Evelina, or The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World
by Burney, Fanny; Dobson, Austin (introduction); Thomson, Hugh (illustrator)
London: Macmillan, 1903. Illustrated edition of Fanny Burney's epistolary novel, first published anonymously in 1778, with an introduction by Austin Dobson and illustrations by Hugh Thomson. In this tale of a provincial girl thrown into the confusing world of London society, Burney offers satiric sketches of both higher and lower social circles, as Evelina struggles to find her rightful place: "what, thought I, can I possibly say to him in excuse for running away? he must either conclude me a fool, or half mad; for any one brought up in the great world, and accustomed to its ways, can have no idea of such sorts of fears as mine." Evelina was a great success upon publication; contemporary admirers included Edmund Burke, Edward Gibbon, Joshua Reynolds, Samuel Johnson, and Hester Thrale, and the next generation of English novelists, including Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen, show the direct influence of Burney's pointed social comedy. A near-fine copy. Octavo, deep blue-green cloth elaborately stamped in gilt, all edges gilt. Two pages of publisher's advertisements. Tiny abrasion to front pastedown, light occasional foxing. (Inventory #: 1001552)
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