Evelina Or The History Of A Young Lady's Entrance Into The World; With an Introduction by Austin Dobson and Illustrations by Hugh Thomson. Fanny ...... Burney, Cedric Chivers, Madame D'Arblay.

Evelina Or The History Of A Young Lady's Entrance Into The World; With an Introduction by Austin Dobson and Illustrations by Hugh Thomson

London: Macmillan & Co Limited, 1903. Hardcover. 477 pages. 19.5 x 13 cm. In a "vellucent" binding by Cedric Chivers of Bath, stamp-signed on the back turn-in, of transparent vellum over paper. Front cover with a multi-color painted architecturally frame with three mother of pearl inlays enclosing an original painting of Evelina after Hugh Thomson frontispiece, with the title and author hand-lettered. Spine with matching decoration, lettering and mother of pearl ring around Burney's name. Back panel painted plus another mother of pearl ring and painted multi-color floral gatherings in the corners. Vellum and paper doublures ruled in gilt. Originally published anonymously, 1778.T.B. Macauley in the Edinburgh Review noted, "Miss Burney did for the English novel what Jeremy Collier did for the English drama. She showed that a tale might be written in which both the fashionable and the vulgar life of London might be exhibited with great force, and with broad comic humor...." "Evelina," her first novel met with enormous success. Dr. Johnson said, "there were passages which might do honor to Richardson." Gift inscription in ink dated 1904 on free front endpaper, corners a hint bumped, slight crack to front cover lower joint. Orig. hand painted binding in polychrome paints, gilt on vellum over beveled boards. Near fine. Item #21993

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