5 vols, 12mo, with the terminal advertisement leaf in vol. I; piece torn from blank margin of 1 f. in vol. I and 2 ff. in vol. II; a very good copy in contemporary marbled calf, flat spines gilt in compartments, red and black morocco labels, a little rubbed, front joint of vol. I cracking.
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Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth. By the Author of Evelina and Cecilia. In five Volumes ...
First edition. The subscribers’ list is of particular interest, including Jane Austen: indeed, this is the only subscription that can be identified firmly as hers (‘Miss J. Austen, Steventon’), other Miss Austens meaning possibly Cassandra. Other subscribers were Edmund Burke, Mrs Piozzi, Hannah More, and Elizabeth Carter. This was Miss Burney’s third novel. Although the critics did not receive it as enthusiastically as Evelina (1778) and Cecilia (1782), commercially it was the most successful. She named the house bought on the proceeds Camilla Cottage.
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