Item #17615 The Man of Honour, and The Reclaimed. Women's fiction.
The Man of Honour, and The Reclaimed.
The Man of Honour, and The Reclaimed.
The Man of Honour, and The Reclaimed.

The Man of Honour, and The Reclaimed.

London: Richard Bentley, 1834. First edition of two novellas on the domestic and romantic dramas of the English aristocracy. The second novella, The Reclaimed, takes place partially in India. Some discoloration to cloth, edgewear, and rubbing to boards. Very fresh throughout aside from some foxing to first and last few leaves. A very good, clean set. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Two volumes, twelvemo. 271, 303 pp. Item #17615

Several potential authors of this title have been suggested. Textual evidence indicates that the author was likely a woman: in The Man of Honour, an authorial aside on the topic of dueling reads, “For many, many reasons, we women have cause to be thankful for our lot; but for none more than that, being women, we are exempted from that fearful, what some would call necessity, others sin, of fighting a duel. Under the influence of this happy exemption, I cannot tell what may be the feelings of those who are on the eve of thus hazarding their existence,” (volume one, p. 118). The theory of female authorship is supported by contemporary advertisements in The Star and Charles Knight’s periodical The Printing Machine (no. 13, 6 September 1834, p. 16), which both attribute the novellas to “a Lady of Rank.” In a 1971 article in The Book Collector, David Gilson discusses the novellas’ potential attribution to James Morier (1782 – 1849) and notes that The Reclaimed quotes Pride and Prejudice three times (vol. xx, p. 531). It is possible that a woman author would be more likely to quote Austen than a man, though that interpretation is debatable.

Garside et. al., English Novel 1830-1836, notes the attribution to “a Lady of Rank” in those two periodicals, but also points out that the 1893 Bentley List of the Principal Publications assigns authorship to “James Morier, author of Ayesha…Hence probably no clue to its authorship appears on the title-page” (1834:57). In The English Novel, Block attributes the novel to Henry Mackenzie (1745 – 1831), though, if Mackenzie were the author of the novel, its publication would have been a few years posthumous. A few library records echo the Mackenzie attribution. OCLC records eight copies, only one i North America (UCLA),

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