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Wilkinson, Sarah Scudgell; Thomas Bewick, illus. The history of Crazy Jane. Alnwick: W. Davison, 1818. 16mo (13.7 cm, 5.39"). 40 pp.; 4 plts. (incl. in pagination). $250.00
"Embellished with elegant engravings": Illustrated chapbook printing of Wilkinson's cautionary tale in which Henry Percival, seducer and deceiver, overcomes the virtue of Jane Arnold by pretending that his father will not let them marry because Jane has no fortune. He then abandons her, departing first for London and later for the West Indies. Jane goes mad with grief and dies; Henry returns from the West Indies a shadow of his former self, having encountered the ghost of Jane, and ends up committing suicide.
In addition to three plates and a title-page vignette, this early printing features a => frontispiece by Bewick. Hugo notes that "the frontispiece of Crazy Jane wandering in the wood is remarkably fine."
Provenance: From the chapbook collection of Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Gumuchian 5841; Hugo 276 (for 1813 ed.); Opie A 1242. Publisher's printed tan paper wrappers; spine and extremities rubbed. Traces of old adhesive residue to reverse of frontispiece and to last text page; pages and plates age-toned with occasional minor spotting only. => A nice copy. (41668) Please RESHELVE This.
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