3 vols., 8vo.; first and last pages in each volume browned by offsetting from the binding, but a very good copy in the original green cloth, blocked in black, spine gilt, slightly rubbed; from the library of Ainsworth’s granddaughter, though without marks of provenance.
US $1246 €1062
Ainsworth’s decline in popularity in his later years has rendered his later novels, published by Tinsley in smaller editions than his early work, increasingly scarce.
Locke p. 58; Wolff 66; not in Sadleir.
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