Remarkable Adventurers and Unrevealed Mysteries.London, Richard Bentley, 1863 Stock Code: 44756
NotesFirst edition. Brief lives of unusual characters including Cagliostro, Kaspar Hauser, the Chevalier d'Eon, the Man in the Iron Mask, Count St. Germain and Joseph Süß Oppenheimer. Wraxall was a miscellaneous writer with a penchant for military subjects, he served as an assistant-commissary during the Crimean Campaign, which experiences he wrote up in his Camp Life: Passages from the Story of a Contingent of 1860. Probably his most important historical work was The Life and Times of Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark and Norway, in which he published new evidence relating to the Queen's innocence. He was also the author of "several entertaining novels" (DNB) including the "sensation novel" Only a Woman on the theme of bigamy. Uncommon, COPAC has BL only.
2 volumes octavo (195 x 128 mm) original purple embossed cloth, title gilt to spines.
Frontispiece to each.
Slightly rubbed and soiled, front hinges starting, light toning, but overall a very good set.
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