Diss [Norfolk]: Printed for the author by Francis Cupiss, 1848. First edition, inscribed and dated by the author on the dedication page: “Mrs. Rowland Cobbold / with the / author’s kind regards. / Augt. 2nd, 1859.”. Binding extremities very lightly rubbed. Boards have very minor soiling with a few minor stains. Spine slightly toned. Intermittent minor foxing. Twentieth century bookplate on front pastedown and second bookplate of antiquarian bookdealer Claude Cox (1920-2006) and his wife Joan Cox loose with minor remnants of adhesive on front flyleaf. A very good copy, clean and tight. Original blue cloth stamped decoratively in blind and gilt with gilt spine. All edges gilt. Octavo. 64 pp/. Item #16401
Richard Cobbold (1797-1877) was a novelist, clergyman of the Church of England, and the father of the scientist Thomas Spencer Cobbold (1828-1886). He is best known for his popular novel The History of Margaret Catchpole (1845), a work that romanticized and exaggerated the already adventurous life of a woman who had been his parents’ servant at the time of his birth, and The Biography of a Victorian Village (1860). The present work is divided into two parts: “The Ideal Character of Woman,” which focuses on sculpture, painting, and poetry, and “The Real Character of Woman,” which focuses on the historical, biographical, and the practically Christian.