Private Life: by MACKENZIE, Mary Jane (fl. 1820-1829).

MACKENZIE, Mary Jane (fl. 1820-1829).

Private Life: or, Varieties of Character and Opinion. In two volumes. By the author of “Geraldine”, &c. &c. Vol. I [-II]. London, Cadell, 1829.

First Edition. Two volumes, 8vo (189 x 110 mm), pp. [iv], 361, [1]; [iv], 391, [1], with the half-titles and a final advertisement leaf in Vol. II, in contemporary half black calf over marbled boards, spines gilt and blind-locked in compartments, red morocco labels lettered and numbered in gilt, extremities a little rubbed but a good copy, with the contemporary ownership inscription ‘Beatrice Mildred from her Mother, 1829’.

An elegant society novel by an obscure Scottish writer, author of at least one other novel, Geraldine, or Modes of Faith and Practice, London 1820. Private Life, a readable tale of the rising middle class and a young woman’s experience of it, enjoyed considerable popularity, running to second and third editions (in 1830 and 1835) as well as a New York edition of 1829.

Garside, Raven & Schöwerling 1829:57; Wolff 4346; not in Sadleir.

Keywords: English Literature
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