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Lewis, Matthew Gregory. Rugantino, the bravo of Venice. Durham: George Walker, Jr., 1838. 12mo (16.8 cm, 6.61"). 24 pp. $150.00
Scarlet Pimpernel–style derring-do from the author of the classic gothic novel The Monk. Lewis first published this story — inspired by Abällino der grosse Bandit by Zschokke — in 1804, before reworking it into a play which premiered in 1805. The present Durham printing offers an abridged rendition with => a dramatic wood-engraved title-page vignette of a mustachioed swordsman, and it is uncommon. Searches of WorldCat find only two U.S. institutions (Harvard, Haverford) reporting ownership.
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, sans indicia.
NCBEL, III, 743 (for earlier eds.); NSTC 2L14132. Removed from a nonce volume in printed self-wrappers, sewing loosened. Front wrapper/title-page with short tear from upper margin not reaching print. Pages age-toned, with some edges slightly ragged. (41173) Please RESHELVE This.
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