London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1897 . [Romantic Adventure] FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, third issue. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.viii; 320. With 45 engraved plates by Benett, including a frontispiece with tissue guard. Publisher's red cloth with gilt titles and grey, black and orange decoration to spine and upper. Black ink school prize inscription to fly-leaf dated Christmas 1901. Hinge weak but holding. Heavy spotting to tissue guard,and a little spotting to facing title and frontis. Purple ink stamp of Cholmeley House, Eastbourne, to title page. Gentle spotting and toning throughout, with a light tobacco scent. Blue ink ownership to recto of rear fly-leaf. Marginal tear to plate facing p.176. Blue ink spots to pp.114-115. Cholmeley House stamp also to p.101. An early gathering slightly loose. Quite heavy rubbing to cloth, with some minor splash marks to lower board and sunning to spine. Good. While on a journey from France to Algeria a pair of cousins attempt to save the life of a wealthy man with no legal heirs, so that they might be legally adopted. This translation was first published in the same year as the original French, in a deluxe edition with gilt edges, and a trade edition lacking them. This cheaper edition from September 1898 lacks both the gilt edges and bevelled boards, but is otherwise identical to the first. Never published in America. Item #57686
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