Hungarian Tales.
[ Gore, Catherine Grace Frances ].

London: Saunders and Otley 1829. First edition, a collection of stories set in Hungary and one of the last historical works written by the author before she became one of the leading writers of the “silver fork” genre (such works contained scenes of Aristocratic high life, exto Binding extremities slightly rubbed, top edge dustsoiled. Light foxing, slight offsetting to endpapers. The occasional minor smudge or small stain. Contemporary ink signature on verso of rear flyleaf in Vol. II and recto of frontflyleaf in Vol. III. A very good set. Contemporary half calf, professionally rebacked with gilt spines Three volumes, octavo. , [2], 328; [4], 330-427 (Item ID: 16550)


Catherine Grace Frances Gore (née Moody, 1798-1861) was a novelist and playwright. After writing several works of historical fiction, she published her “silver fork” novel Women as They Are, or, The Manners of the Day (1830). She wrote seventy novels in all, most of them published anonymously. In her Preface, she remarks upon Hungary’s fascination with English culture, which is largely ignorant of the former; she also notes that, “Were I to describe more fully the condition of this unhappy land, and the oppression by which it is daily polluted I might create feelings of very painful interest in its favour…The same consciousness, and the same apprehensions, have perhaps tended to enfeeble the sketches to which I have presumed to prefix these general observations…the greater number of the following tales were written in the country they affect to describe…” (p. ix-x).

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