1834 ~ HELEN, A TALE by MARIA EDGEWORTH, 1st Edition / 1st Printing, 3 Volumes
1834 ~ HELEN, A TALE. By MARIA EDGEWORTH ~ First Edition / First Printing, 3 Volume Set, Professionally Rebound
Publisher: Richard Bentley, London (1834)
Professionally rebound, very rare 3-volume set of "Helen, A Tale" by the "wildly successful" and renowned novelist Maria Edgeworth (admired by such contemporaries as Jane Austen). First edition from 1834. The boards and binding are solid and tight. The pages are crisp and clean save for a spot of foxing on the top corner of the first four pages in volume one and volume three. Sporadic foxing on some of the pages in all volumes. Please see below for more information on this famous work.
"Written in 1834, the last and most psychologically powerful novel by Jane Austen's leading rival. Newly orphaned Helen Stanley is urged to share the home of her childhood friend Lady Cecilia. This charming socialite, however, is withholding secrets and soon Helen is drawn into a web of 'white lies' and evasions that threaten not only her hopes for marriage but her very place in society. A fascinating panorama of Britain's political and intellectual elite in the early 1800s and a gripping romantic drama. Helen was the inspiration for Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters." -Amazon