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The Heroine, or Adventures of Cherubina.

BARRETT (Eaton Stannard).

BARRETT (Eaton Stannard).

The Heroine, or Adventures of Cherubina.

Second Edition, with Considerable Additions and Alterations.

Three volumes. 12mo. [177 x 105 x 58 mm]. xxiii, [ii], 26-235 pp; [2]ff, 258, [2] pp; [2]ff, 266 pp. Original bindings of purple cloth, the spine lettered in gilt on a red roan label, plain endleaves, uncut edges. (Spines faded, headcaps slightly bumped and frayed).
London: [printed by B. Clarke] for Henry Colburn, and sold by George Goldie, Edinburgh, and John Cumming, Dublin, 1814

With the half-titles in each volume, a leaf of advertisements at the end of vol. 2 and an extract from another book attached to the preceeding leaf by a small safety-pin. There is some foxing or spotting and a few minor stains but it is a very good copy with uncut edges of varying dimensions. The bindings are clearly original but must date from a few years after publication as cloth bindings were pioneered by William Pickering in 1821-22.

First published in 1813 as The Heroine, or Adventures of a Fair Romance Reader, a third edition followed in 1815 and the first American edition was published in Philadelphia in the same year. A popular satire of Gothic novels, which opens with Cherubina complaining that she is too happy to be a heroine: ""For me, there is no hope whatever of being reduced to despair. I am condemned to waste my health, bloom and youth, in a series of uninterrupted prosperity ... I am anxious to suffer present sorrow, in order to secure future felicity". Jane Austen read the book, and wrote to her sister Cassandra on 2/3 March 1814: "I have torn through the 3d vol. of the Heroine, & do not think it falls off. It is a delightful burlesque, particularly on the Radcliffe style". It was described in The Biographical Dictionary of the Living Authors of Great Britain and Ireland (1816) as "not inferior in wit and humour to Tristram Shandy, and in point of plot and interest infinitely beyond Don Quixote".

With a contemporary ink signature of a lady on the half-titles and later signature of H. Alder Barrett on front pastedowns.

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