Life, writings, and correspondence of George Borrow. Derived from official and other authentic sources.

London, John Murray, 1899.

Two volumes, pp. xviii, [ii], 402, 6 (advertisements); viii, [ii], 406, 4 (advertisements); with an errata slip in vol. II; with a frontispiece-portrait of Borrow, 10 plates (of which one folding) and a folding table; a few marginal annotations in pencil; a very good copy in the original green cloth; slightly rubbed, split in cloth along lower joint of vol. II and short splits in cloth at lower joint of vol. I, short tear at foot of spine of vol. I; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).


US $500€443

Add to basket Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
Life, writings, and correspondence of George Borrow. Derived from official and other authentic sources.

Checkout now

First edition of the first biography of George Borrow. William Knapp was an American Hispanist and life-long admirer of Borrow.

‘At [Borrow’s] death, in 1881, I made a collection of his printed books, the magazines that contained his early fugitive pieces, and the articles that discussed him and his works. Eventually I also secured his papers, the correspondence of half a century and more, his note-books of travel, his manuscripts, and the scattered remains of his library. From this mass of authentic records it now became possible, for the first time, to give a full and reliable account of his origin, his early struggles and employments, his later triumphs, his withdrawal from the “trumpery society of London”, and also to explain his disinclination to furnish correct data for his personal history’ (preface, p. vi).

Provenance: the publisher Sir John Murray (1851–1928), with his ownership inscription on front free endpaper of each volume, and with later pencilled note on rear free endpaper of vol. I ‘from the library of Sir John Murray’.

Collie & Fraser K.5; Wise III, 2.

You may also be interested in...

WARREN, Samuel.

Miscellanies critical, imaginative, and juridical, contributed to Blackwood’s Magazine.

First edition of miscellaneous writings of the lawyer and novelist Samuel Warren. The Miscellanies were subsequently reissued by Blackwood with four other volumes of Warren’s works printed between 1854 and 1855; the text was also printed in two volumes.

Read more

[WILKES, John.] [CRADOCK, Joseph.]

The Life of John Wilkes, Esq; in the manner of Plutarch. Being a specimen of a larger work. The second edition, revised and corrected.

Second edition of a satirical ‘biography’ of Wilkes, published in the same year as the first; Cradock, whose windows had been broken by a Wilkite mob earlier in the year, ironically praises Wilkes’s many remarkable achievements.

Read more