London: Digby, Long and Co., 1900. First edition. Octavo (20 x 14cm), pp.308; 16, publishers advertisements dated October 1900. Publisher's burgundy cloth titled and decorated in gilt to spine and front board. Inscribed boldly to Hugh Sartoris on the front pastedown by the author. Internally clean, with an unfortunate shallow loss to the head of the title page caused by imprudent separation of the leaves, the loss doesn't affect any text and is in fact pretty much the only defect of an otherwise very attractive book. Near Fine. Rosa Nouchette Carey was a London based writer of what would now be termed 'women's fiction' dealing (occasionally autobiographically) with the problems of women forced to fend for themselves after collapse of hearth, home and (usually) husband. Whilst being critically sneered at, they nevertheless sold most respectable quantities, clearly addressing a need amongst the genteel female reading public of late Victorian London. Her more racy novels (Love, lust and crime rather than evil landlords, recalcitrant daughters and the problems of finding decent dressmaking needles) were published under her Le Voleur pseudonym. A rare object. Item #34298
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