London: Macmillan, 1885. First edition. Light shelfwear, endpapers and edges a little foxed, but a fine, bright set. Pencil signature, dated 1887, on an opening blank. A near fine copy. Original green cloth, blocked in black and gilt. Two volumes, octavo. [x], 208; [vi], 209, ,v [2, ads] pp. Item #14208
One of the later novels of the popular women’s writer, Charlotte Yonge (1823-1901), who published nearly 160 books. Yonge, who herself was raised according to the system advocated by Maria Edgeworth and her father, was the child of a man who believed at once in higher education for women and female subservience to men. Not surprisingly, her work has not been embraced by modern readers. Still, her novels are important for their rounded views of women, and their insistence on the importance of the education and intellectual nurture of women. While few of her books are rare, they are difficult to find in fine condition.
Wolff IV, p. 290 (which notes the titles of his Yonge gift to Harvard). Not in Sadleir.