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Editorial: Britain perhaps Scotland c. -40?, 1830
Librería: Christopher Edwards ABA ILAB (Henley-on-Thames, OXON, Reino Unido)

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Manuscript in ink, small folio (approx. 250 x 205mm), pp. [iv], 7-224; small tears with some loss in last leaf (which is the lower wrapper); no watermark; stitched but unbound. An apparently complete and unpublished novel of the early 19th century. The novel appears to have been written in direct imitation of Scott, in that it is set in 1730 (although the date, firmly penned in on the first page of the text, is in a different hand). The historical atmosphere, however, is not very convincingly delineated and a casual reader would surely imagine it as set, as well as written, a century or more later. The Scottish setting is clearly, if lightly, imposed: the main action takes place on the shores of Loch Ernough ('or the beautiful lake, as the name was said to signify'), and several of the chapter epigraphs are taken from Burns. The action features a Benedictine Chapel, and a monk with a mysterious past (Father Albert Castleroux, the hero), so the inspiration is at least partly in the gothic novels of the 1790s as well as in Scott's more refined historical fiction. The book's preface is signed 'The Hornet', but there is no other clue as to authorship, not even male or female. Such niceties as the proper address for titled people are rather shaky - one character is called Baron Egbert Saint Moor, but is also referred to as Sir Egbert and even Sir Saint Moor - and even spelling and grammar are not beyond criticism ('too' for 'to', and vice versa), so it seems possible that such a work was never likely to find a publisher willing to take a risk on this novelist. N° de ref. de la librería 14464

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Editorial: Britain perhaps Scotland c. -40?

Año de publicación: 1830

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