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Ainsworth, William Harrison.  Windsor Castle. An historical romance. London: Henry Colburn, 1844. 8vo (24.5 cm, 9.69"). Add. engr. t.-p., x, [2], 324 pp.; 22 plts., illus.
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Dramatically Gothic treatment of the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, enlivened by a supernatural subplot involving Herne the Hunter — along with a non-fictional, illustrated account of the building and history of the castle itself. The text is adorned with => a total of 22 engraved plates, including a frontispiece portrait of the author, 4 plates by Tony [Antoine] Johannot, and 14 by George Cruikshank, who stepped in to replace Johannot as soon as he had finished illustrating Ainsworth's previous serial, The Miser's Daughter. In addition, W. Alfred Delamotte supplied an abundance of in-text wood engravings.
        The work was first serially published in Ainsworth's Magazine in 1842–43, with a three-decker book-form printing following shortly after its completion; the present example (described as a "new edition" on the title-page) follows the story's first appearance in one volume in 1843. This copy is in the publisher's original gilt-stamped red cloth binding.
        Provenance: Upper outer corner of title-page with inked inscription of Mrs. Jarvis, 1852. Later in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., sans indicia.

NCBEL, III, 912; NSTC 2A5904. Publisher's textured red cloth, covers with embossed knotwork frames, front cover with gilt-stamped deer and castle vignette, spine with gilt-stamped title and three scenes; joints and extremities rubbed with cloth starting to peel at back corners, spine and board edges somewhat darkened. Frontispiece portrait with upper outer corner waterstained (not affecting image), added engraved title-page darkened, scattered small spots of foxing to pages and plates. => A delightful Cruikshank item, and +thrill-inducing in its own right as an English Gothic historical novel.  (39887)   Please RESHELVE This.


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