3 vols., 8vo., with the half-titles; a very good copy in near-contemporary quarter green calf and marbled boards by Bibolet, spines gilt, black morocco labels; armorial bookplates of O’Neal Segrave.
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First edition of a witty novel by the author of Almack’s Revisited (that marvellous parvenu’s manual disguised as a satire on parvenus). The Adventures of a King’s Page has a wider scope than the social hothouse of the silver fork novel, featuring a pageant of (among others) military men, foreigners, royals, hotel-keepers, colonials, and clergymen, alongside the fashionable aristocrats one expects to find lining the pages of a novel of this date. The plot is driven forward by a colourful but controlled rush of event, character and location, and concerns the difficult but ultimately triumphant adventures of Arthur Beverley, a ‘young man of peculiar character, and most delicate constitution’, the son of an English expatriate General in France (and, after the Revolution, Italy), and the victim of ‘a romantic turn’ in early youth. Wolff 7171; Garside, Raven, Schöwerling 1829:81.
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