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(Zoa). The authentic history of Zoa, the beautiful Indian, (daughter of Henriette de Belgrave), and of Rodomond, an East-India merchant, whom Zoa releases from confinement and intended death, and with him escapes to England. London: Dean & Munday, [between 1808 and 1816]. 12mo (17.8 cm, 7"). Frontis., , 8–36 pp. $100.00
Uncommon early 19th–century edition of this popular tale in which English merchant Rodomond is attacked for having rooted out fraud on the part of native Bombay factory employees, but rescued by the titular Zoa — a fair maiden of half Indian and half French parentage, who is wholly willing to convert to Christianity and marry Rodomond. Following the main piece is the tragic story "Lisette and Login, an Affecting Russian Tale."
The frontispiece, in which Zoa wears salwar kameez and a turban-style headwrap, was engraved by "S.D." after a design by Robert Cruikshank, and gives the address on which we base our suggested publication date (Dean & Munday were located at 35 Threadneedle Street from 1808 until 1816, when they moved to 40 Threadneedle).
A search of WorldCat finds => only two U.S institutional holdings (Harvard, University of Pennsylvania) and one additional Canadian.
Removed from a nonce volume. Pages gently age-toned, frontispiece lightly foxed (showing primarily in margins), title-page with offsetting from frontispiece, two pages at back with small spot of staining in lower margins. => A nice example of a seldom-seen printing. (41469) Please RESHELVE This.
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