n.p. (Truro, Cornwall?): n.p., ca. 1807. Hardcover. Fine. Item #21906
Manuscript novel. 8v9. 220pp. in a fine, even hand. The title and opening chapter display amazing penwork. FInely bound in red straight grain morocco, spine tooled in gilt; tooled in gilt and blind; edges gilt with tasteful gauffering at the corners; gilt inner dentelles; leather iner hinges, gilt. green endpapers.
There is a rubber ownership stamp on the front pastedown and on the top of the title page: "John McLaggan, Newcastle, Miramichi, N.B." The binding is signed "Michell & Co., Binders, Truro", which is the best suggestion we note for place of origin. The consistent user of the tall 's' suggests a production time close to the original publication date of 1807. The spelling of "agonised" on p. 204, instead of "agonized", suggests an origin in England and not the U.S. The translation does not comport exactly with any printed English translation we have found. The wrigins is very accurate, with only a few corrections noted (e.g., p. 17, last line; p. 197, quotes lacking.)
John McLaggan of Miramichi was a prominent lumberman and one of the incorporators of the Northern and Western Railway Company.
A fine copy in a wonderful binding.