• The Rector of Overton, A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., 1830 [Volume III:... Image
  • The Rector of Overton, A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., 1830 [Volume III:... Image
  • The Rector of Overton, A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., 1830 [Volume III:... Image
  • The Rector of Overton, A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., 1830 [Volume III:... Image
  • The Rector of Overton, A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., 1830 [Volume III:... Image

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The Rector of Overton, A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., 1830 [Volume III:...

The Rector of Overton, A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Fisher, Son, & Co., 1830 [Volume III: 1828]. 3 volumes, 12mo (174 x 100mm). Without half titles [?as issued], 5 engraved plates dated 1829, the 3 plates in vol. one engraved by R. Hicks after W. M. Craig, the 2 plates in vol. III unsigned [no plates in vol. II] (some variable worming and wormtracks at lower margins not affecting letters, a few dark spots, occasional light spotting and staining). Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines gilt with green morocco lettering-pieces (extremities lightly rubbed). Volumes I & II, second editions; vol. III edition not stated, but dated as the first. RARE. This second edition is not in the BL; the first, which is, was published in 1828. The author is unknown: "I trust I shall never be personally known as the author of this Work, because it is meant to shew the Higher Orders of Society in England, amongst whom I have lived, as possessing also a moral elevation, far beyond the reach of the shafts aimed at them by the flying novelists of the last few months ..." (from the Dedication to Mrs. Watts Russel [sic]). The Monthly Review (Vol.IX, no. XXXIX) for November 1828, in a scathing criticism, dismisses the "... manifold absurdities of this most ridiculous book" but makes no suggestions as to its authorship, while implying, perhaps unintentionally, that the author is male. With 3 other works in 9 vols., namely William Dodd's Sermons for Young Men ... A New Edition (London, 1810, contemporary calf), Rev. Bourne Hall Draper's Bible Illustrations; or, a Description of Manners and Customs Peculiar to the East (London, 1831, plates, contemporary cloth, worn) and The Family Friend (London, [c.1850], 6 vols, plates, illustrations, contemporary half calf, worn). (12)