Evelina, Or The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.

Evelina, Or The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.
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London: Printed for T. and W. Lowndes, MDCCLXXXIV [1784]. 3 vols., 12mo, xv, (i), 235, (1, ad); 263, (1, ad); 263, (1, ad) pp. Each vol. with engraved frontispiece dated Novr. 24 1779. Recent full calf by Bayntun, backstrips with gilt rules and red and green labels, covers ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers. Moderately foxed, labels evenly faded, an attractive set, very good. Slipcase. New Edition. The final page in vol 1. contains publisher’s advertisements; the same list is continued on the final page of vol. 2; a new collection is given on the final page of vol. 3. Burney took elaborate steps to conceal her authorship when the novel was first published in 1778 (Sterling I:99, Tinker 448), but her identity was revealed the same year in a satiric poem by George Huddesford. (Even in this new edition her name does not appear on the title page.) Evelina is a sentimental, epistolary novel following a young and deserving woman’s progress as she learns to navigate through the treacherous waters of London and Bristol society and rediscovers her aristocratic birthright. Widely popular for its incisive social commentary and its humour it was a precursor to both Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen. This edition ESTC T130812. (Item Id: 109300)

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