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Edgeworth, Maria.  Tales and novels by Maria Edgeworth. London: Henry G. Bohn and Little, Brown & Co., 1870. 8vo (17.7 cm, 6.9"). 10 vols. I: Add. engr. t.-p., vi, [2], iv, 438 pp.; 3 plts. II: Add. engr. t.-p., iv, [2], 485, [1] pp.; 3 plts. III: Add. engr. t.-p., [4], 463, [1] pp.; 3 plts. IV: Add. engr. t.-p., vi, [2], 434 pp.; 3 plts. V: Add. engr. t.-p., 442 pp.; 3 plts. VI: Add. engr. t.-p., [4], 470 pp.; 3 plts. VII: Add. engr. t.-p., [4], 504 pp.; 3 plts. VIII: Add. engr. t.-p., [4], 486 pp.; 3 plts. IX: Add. engr. t.-p., iv, [2], 528 pp.; 3 plts. X: Add. engr. t.-p., [2], 455, [1] pp.; 1 plt.

Ten-volume set of works by the popular Anglo-Irish novelist and children's writer Maria Edgeworth. Present here are Moral Tales; Popular Tales; Tales of Fashionable Life; Patronage; Edgeworth's two most successful novels, Belinda and Castle Rackrent; and numerous other romances and shorter pieces, including the "Essay on Irish Bulls." This edition is illustrated with a total of =>38 steel-engraved scenes (including the vignette on each volume's added engraved title-page), done by W. Harvey after various artists.
        Bindings: Publisher's green cloth, covers with decorative black-stamped frames, spines with gilt-stamped author/title/volume lettering and decorations.
        Provenance: Each front free endpaper with inked gift inscription: "Adele Ernst, from Grandpa, Christmas 1870."

This ed. not in NCBEL, NSTC. Bindings generally show mild to moderate wear at extremities, spines with small areas of discoloration from now-absent labels; two volumes exhibit loss to cloth at fore-edges and to edges of text-block due to insect work, all marginal in one case and in the other just reaching frontispiece and title-page images, and affecting a few letters at the back of the volume, with discoloration and speckling to paper. Some hinges cracked or tender, most volumes with first few leaves separated or loosening, one volume with some signatures opened roughly and another with front free endpaper adhered to rear of frontispiece; ex-library with outer (closed) edges, title-pages, and a few others lightly rubber-stamped, front pastedowns with institutional presentation bookplate, back pastedowns with pocket. Front free endpapers with inscription as above. => Overall, a very readable set of some very engaging fiction, and a nice row of appropriately Irish-green cloth on the shelf.  (29046)   Please RESHELVE This.

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