The Village of Mariendorpt. A Tale … in four Volumes …

London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown … 1821

4 vols., 12mo., wanting half-titles; contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines a little worn, else a very good copy.


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First edition of a rather melodramatic novel set in Bavaria towards the end of the Thirty Years War. It proved just what Longman was looking for, and a sequel, Roche-Blanche, followed in 1822.

The younger sister of the historical novelist Jane Porter, Anna Maria had her first book published in 1793 when she was just thirteen. A series of novels followed rapidly, many of them historical romances; by the time of her death from typhoid in 1830, she had written eighteen books, three of them in collaboration with her sister. Porter’s eleventh novel, The Village of Mariendorpt was loosely dramatized in 1838 by James Sheridan Knowles, and produced at the Haymarket as The Maid of Mariendorpt.

Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1821:62; Summers, p. 548; Wolff 5604.

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