Radcliffe, Ann. The Mysteries of Udolpho
[with], The Italian, [with] The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne..
London: J. Limbird, 1831, 1828,1830.
Illustrated reprint editions. Three volumes bound as one. 8vo. (327pp; 189pp; 44pp). Bound in 20th century half tan calf over marbled boards, titled in gilt to spine. Very slight rubbing and scuffing here and there, clean, sharp and strong, a very handsome sammelband. Internally clean and fresh, some spotting and browning in places, otherwise remarkably considering the pace at which Limbird pushed out such works. A very good little handful of works by the woman who bought the gothic up to a whole new level, sparked a literary revolution in great shades, and lived a life of seclusion and near anonymity (we can tell this because most contemporary biographical fragments concentrate on the fact that she was apparently hot, and bit strange...which is what men write when they don’t have any actual information). Also possibly a quite early recipient of the honour of being made a character in her own piece of pop culture fiction; “City of Vampires; The Incredible Adventure of Mrs. Anne Radcliffe.” being published in 1875. I need a copy of this book. Important and handsome (two words that will never be applied to this cataloguer).