1801 · London
Scarce Gothic tale of haunted castles, undercover noblemen, and nested stories, here with a => dramatic engraved frontispiece drawn by Tomkins and engraved by Hartley. The text first appeared as "The Two Castles, a Romance" (by E.F.) in The Lady's Magazine in 1797 and 1798, before being printed separately in 1799; surviving copies of separately published editions are scarce, with searches of WorldCat, COPAC, and the NUC revealing => only two copies of this edition held in U.S. institutions (Yale, Northwestern).
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
This edition not in NSTC. 20th-century quarter red calf and pebbled cloth, gilt lettering on spine, all edges speckled red, blue ribbon placemarker present but detached; very gently rubbed, glue action to front endpapers from binding. Light age-toning and staining with a handful of spots, a few instances of uneven edges or missing corners from paper manufacture, one small marginal inked word; in fact, a good copy of a kind of thing often read to death. => And, still, a fun, quick read. (Inventory #: 38567)