8vo., pp. , xix, , 313, , with an engraved frontispiece and a final advertisement leaf (for Murray and Highley); a fine copy in contemporary tree calf, red morocco label.
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First edition, a collection of three prose tales by the father of the novelist and Prime Minister, with an introductory ‘Poetical Essay on Romance and Romancers’. The longest piece is ‘Mejnoun and Leila, the Arabian Petrarch and Laura’, which has echoes of Beckford and draws on the learned orientalism of Sir William Jones: ‘its flowery orientalism had some influence on Benjamin Disraeli’, whose Tancred he lived long enough to see in print (Oxford DNB).
Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1799: 31.
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