London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1888 . [Historical Fiction] FIRST UK EDITION, a later issue. Octavo (19 x 15cm), pp.viii; 231 . Publisher's catalogue dated 1892. With 32 engraved plates, including a frontispiece, by Roux. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and black decoration, re-backed in matching green cloth with the original spine laid over. Patterned endpapers. Dublin bookseller's label to front pastedown, and a purple date stamp to fly-leaf. Colourful butterfly transfer to first blank, and a blue ink ownership to half-title dated 1931. Heavily toned to edges, margins and preliminaries, with a distinct tobacco scent. Light rubbing and toning to boards, with some light bumping to corners. Original spine very heavily worn and toned, with the decoration largely obscured. Restored to a robust and useable condition. Very good. A group of French visitors to Prussia in 1792 find themselves trapped in enemy territory when the two nations go to war. First published in 1887 and translated into English by 1888. This copy seems to have been made up from spare first edition sheets as part of the first cheap edition, which appeared in this binding. Item #57491
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