*Our shops are open!*
Dover Street: 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
Fulham Road: by appointment, 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday
Click for more information about safety measures in store.

(ROSSETTI, William Michael.) [GILBERT, William.]

Shirley Hall Asylum: or, the Memoirs of a Monomaniac.

edited by the author of "Dives and Lazarus," "The Weaver's Family," "Margaret Meadows"...

London, William Freeman, 1863 Stock Code: 108827
£975.00

Reserve Ask us a question

Notes

First edition, William Michael Rossetti's copy, with his ownership inscription dated 1865, of this very scarce imaginary study of hypothetical psychoses. At once a gothic-fantastical Victorian novel and a serious psychiatric investigation, Shirley Hall Asylum tells the stories of various inmates of a lunatic asylum from the point of view of an escapee driven mad by trying to solve the problem of perpetual motion. William Gilbert (18041880) was a pioneer of psychiatric medicine and the father of W. S. Gilbert, of "& Sullivan" fame.
This copy was later in the library of Rossetti's daughter, the anarchist Helen Rossetti Angeli, with her inscription dated 1920. WorldCat locates 13 copies of this first edition in libraries.

Confused? Read our glossary

Description

Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles gilt to spine, sides panelled in blind.

Condition

Rebacked with the original spine laid down, cloth reinforcement to hinges, extremities of cloth rubbed, some general scuffing and marks, spine rolled, internally fairly clean. A good copy.

DELIVERY

With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.

View Full Delivery Details

 

ABOUT US

Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.

Email: mail@peterharrington.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220


ABA Antiquarian Bookseller Association ILAB International League of Antiquarian Booksellers LAPADA The Association of Art and Anatique Dealers PBFA Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association

Our Guarantee Page

Ask us a question

DO YOU HAVE A BOOK TO SELL?
OR
CAN’T FIND THE BOOK YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?

Contact us with details of the book you are interested in or selling and we will contact you

Sell Old Books Help me find a book