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