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108827
(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"...

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Published: London William Freeman, 1863

Stock Code: 108827

£975
signed
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, William Michael Rossetti's copy, of this very scarce study of hypothetical psychoses. Shirley Hall Asylum, which tells the stories of various inmates in a lunatic asylum all from the point of view of an escapee driven mad by trying to solve the problem of perpetual motion, is at once a gothic-fantastical Victorian novel and a serious psychiatric investigation, written by William Gilbert (1804-1880), a pioneer of psychiatric medicine (and the father of W. S. Gilbert, of "& Sullivan" fame). This copy bears the ownership inscription, dated 1865, of Pre-Raphaelite writer William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), and also his daughter the miniaturist Helen Rossetti Angeli (born 1879, inscription dated 1920). OCLC locates 13 copies of this first edition in libraries worldwide.

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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 skuffing and marks, spine rolled, internally fairly clean. A good copy.

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