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 The history of Donna Eugenia; or, the innocent adulteress. London: Pr. by Lewis and Ramblin for Langley and Belch, 1807. 16mo (17.6 cm, 6.9"). Col. frontis., [2], [7]–40 pp.
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"In which is exemplified the bad effects of disproportionate ages in marriage, the consequence of indulging in illegitimate passion and revenge, and the beneficial result of timely repentance": a melodramatic tale set in Valladolid, adapted from Paul Scarron's novel L'Adultère Innocente — that story itself being based on Al fin se paga todo, published in 1632 by María de Zayas, with plays by Southerne and Sheridan also having been (loosely) inspired by the same plot.
        This English chapbook version is scarce: WorldCat reports only one U.S. institutional location (University of Delaware) and just two additional U.K. holdings, with the title not recorded at all by NSTC. => The hand-colored engraved frontispiece here depicts our rosy-cheeked, Rubenesque heroine telling her story to her mustachioed rescuer over breakfast.

Recent marbled paper wrappers in attractive red, brown, tan, and cream fantail pattern. Frontispiece recto with small inked ownership inscription in upper inner corner. Pages clean and crisp. => An uncommon incarnation of an internationally popular trashy romance, here in an attractive copy.  (40974)   Please RESHELVE This.


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