With a sketch of his Life and Writings by the Rev. Edward Mangin, M.A. In nineteen volumes.London: Printed for William Miller and James Carpenter, 1811 Stock Code: 26106
"The father of the modern novel of the serious or pathetic kind"First collected edition of the author whom Jane Austen "knew... by heart" (ODNB); Anna Laetitia Barbauld called him "the father of the modern novel of the serious or pathetic kind". The editor was Dublin-born Edward Mangin (1772-1852), of Huguenot origins, a contemporary of Southey at Oxford, ordained into the Irish church; he published several volumes of essays and translations, and a three-decker novel, George the Third (1807). After a spell as a naval chaplain he spent most of his life at Bath and having a substantial income was able to study and write full-time. The delicately engraved portrait of Richardson is the work of Edward Scriven, who "became eminent in his profession" (ODNB).
19 volumes, octavo (179 x 117 mm). Attractively bound to style in half speckled calf, red morocco labels, marbled sides and edges, endpapers renewed.
Fine stipple engraved portrait frontispiece of Richardson by Edward Scriven after Mason Chamberlin.
Neat early ownership inscription to head of each title page, "Hilder, Sandhurst". Portrait offset to title page of vol. I. A nice clean set in a handsome period-style binding which has the virtue of opening easily at the printed page.
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