3 vols., 8vo., advertisement leaves in each volume; a fine copy in the original olive cloth gilt with black floral decoration.
US $771 €619
First edition of a Regency tale which ranges from the convivial to the lurid as its setting ranges from Brighton to London Fields. The central character is a public servant of great importance and varying fortunes (he offers perhaps a hint as to what kind of fame our author was ‘not unknown to’, though we find no further clues as to his identity), and it is his house in Waltham Forest that provides both the title of the book, and the opportunity to explore some low-life themes in the more insalubrious parts of the Lea Valley. Rare; NUC and supplement list Illinois only; OCLC adds Arizona, Cornell, and Texas. Wolff 7664.
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