1810 · London:
3 volumes. 12mo. [vi], 318; vii, , 385, ; [iii]-vii, , 422 pp. Half-titles, includes the terminal leaf of advertisements of "Works Written by Mrs. West" [vol. II]. Original boards, untrimmed; vols. I & III with blue paper backing (vol. II with white paper backing), vols. II & III with boards exposed, stab-hole on rear board of vol. III penetrating through rear 5 leaves (minor). Armorial bookplate of Henry Payne McIntosh; added bookplate of Elizabeth Meade [vols. II & III]. This copy is inscribed by the author to The Lord Bishop Percy of Dromore, author and philologist, who died a year later. Pencil note indicating this volume passed through John Britnell, Toronto, Ont., Canada, bookseller [ca. Oct.-Dec. 1900]. Very good set. RARE PRESENTATION COPY IN ORIGINAL BOARDS First edition. "Today she is best known as the author of a novel that served as a source text for Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1811). West's A Gossip's Story (1796), like Austen's novel, features two sisters, one full of rational sense and the other of romantic, emotive sensibility. West's romantic sister shares the same name as Austen's: Marianne. There are further textual similarities, described in Looser et al. ed's Valancourt Classics edition of the novel (2015). Austen, like Shakespeare before her, significantly reworked West's plot and characters to suit her own vision." – Wikip. West's, Letters to a Young Lady, (1806), "forms an ideological counterpart to Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)." – DNB. See: Garside, Peter; James Raven and Rainer Schowerling, The English novel, 1770-1829: a bibliographical survey of prose fiction published in the British Isles, Oxford [England]; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, vol. I, 1810:87. Not in Michael Sadleir, XIX Century Fiction: a bibliographical record, (1951); not in Robert Lee Wolff, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, (1981).
Provenance: Henry Payne McIntosh (1846-1935), banker, was born in Cleveland, President Guardian Savings & Trust Company, 1901-1917, Chairman of the Board, since 1917. (Inventory #: BL4556)