London: R. Hunter, 1817. First Edition. Three vols., 8vos; issued without half-titles; 521, 422, 352pp; contemporary calf, recased, rebacked, with red leather spine labels. With coronetted bookplates of Harriot, Duchess of St. Albans, Holly Lodge Library on each front pastedown, and resultant offsetting of facing blanks; some old pencil notations, including "Duplicate" and what were likely shelf numbers; small numbered label affixed to an upper corner of the last volume; scattered foxing; covers a bit scratched, but clean and sound. Item #205821
A pair of late fictions by Edgeworth, the first being an anti-anti-Semitic novel she wrote after being confronted by a Jewish-American reader who took her to task for stereotyipical depictions of Jews in her previous works. About the provenance: Harriot Mellon Coutts Beauclerk, Duchess of St. Albans was a celebrity of her time, often the target of caricaturists and satirists. A popular actress of humble origins, she married into two fortunes, the second time into nobility.