GOTHIC

The Mysteries of Udolpho, a Romance; interspersed with some Pieces of Poetry ... in four Volumes ...

London: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson ... 1794.

4 vols., 12mo., with all the half-titles (that to vol. III slightly frayed at fore-edge); portions of blank margin of F7 and H8 in volume I torn away (no loss), tear through N12 repaired, a few minor spots and stains, but withal a very good copy in early half calf and marbled boards, neatly rebacked; ownership inscriptions of Frances Gardiner in each volume, presentation note from her to Eleanor Walters in volume I.

£3500

Approximately:
US $4545€4161

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First edition of a cornerstone of gothic fiction, ‘a book so rich in Gothic ideas and techniques that its far-reaching influence can scarcely be overstated … Its wild and lush landscapes became ubiquitous too, in the imagination of contemporaries, and it is no surprise to find Keats, in 1818, writing playfully to John Hamilton Reynolds: “I am going into scenery where I intend to tip you a Damosel Radcliffe – I’ll cavern you, and grotto you, and waterfall you, and wood you, and immense-rock you, and tremendous sound you, and solitude you”. No one of his, or the previous, generation would have misunderstood the allusion’ (Frank).

Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1794: 47; Rothschild 1701; Tinker 1703.

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