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NOVEL. OWENSON (Miss [Sydney]) [afterwards MORGAN (Lady Sydney)]. The Wild Irish Girl; A National Tale.1806

London: Printed for Richard Phillips, First edition, 3 vols., 8vo (180 x 100 mm), [2], xxxiii, [34]-261, [1] + 24pp., of publishers adverts (fore-edges slight shaved); [2], 265 + 7pp., of publishers adverts; [2], 264 + 25-36pp., of publishers adverts (fore-edges slight shaved), title-pages a little foxed, occasional light foxing and and couple minor stains, cont. calf, flat spines lettered direct, gilt tooling, a little rubbed, small section of upper joint of vol. I scuffed, a very good set. Lady Morgan (née Sydney Owenson; also known as Miss Owenson) 1775-1859, novelist, poet and socialite. The success of this novel at the time was enormous, in two years it passed through seven editions, however, the first edition is scarce. This epistolary novel, set in the barony of Tirerragh, in Sligo (where the book was actually written), originally had a planned title of Princess of Inismore. "The novel is a plea for the oppressed Irish people expressed through the love affair between Horatio, a profligate Ascendancy hero, and the mysterious Glorvina, the prince of Inismore, a survivor of the Cromwellian occupation. Horatio is banished by his stern farther to his Connacht estates. There he falls in love with Glorvina..."—Loeber. The publishers adverts is volume one, and continued in volume 3, consists of 1805. Catalogue of New Books Printed for R. D. Symonds, No. 20, Paternoster-Row, London... The undated ads in volume 2: Books Recently Published by Richard Phillips, No. 6, Bridge-Street, London... Garside, Raven & Schwöerling, 1806: 54; Brown, 1180; Loeber, M552.

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