THE RECESS; OR, A TALE OF OTHER TIMES. By the Author of the Chapter of Accidents. Sophia Lee.

THE RECESS; OR, A TALE OF OTHER TIMES. By the Author of the Chapter of Accidents. Dublin: Printed for Messrs. G. Burnet, R. Moncrieffe, J. Exshaw, J. Beatty, L. White, P. Byrne, S. Colbert, H. Whitestone, W. Sleater, J. Cash, R. Marchbank, T. Heary, and J. Moore, 1786. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [1-6] [1] 2-296; [1-2] [1] 2-274, old tree calf, rebacked in the mid-twentieth century, original red leather title pieces retained, new leather volume numbers on spines, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. First Dublin edition. Lee's most important book, first published in London in 1783-1785. "Sophia Lee's novel is the recognized prototype for many later historical Gothics. Within the tradition, the romance is also the Gothic link between Leland's LONGSWORD (1762) and Reeve's OLD ENGLISH BARON (1778) and Mrs. Radcliffe's first Gothic production, THE CASTLES OF ATHLIN AND DUNBAYNE (1789). The example of THE RECESS may further be seen in the symbiosis of horror and history in Lathom's THE UNKNOWN; OR, THE NORTHERN GALLERY (1808) and MYSTIC EVENTS: OR, THE VISION OF THE TAPESTRY (1830). Her influence also extends to Sir Walter Scott whose novels, KENILWORTH (1821), THE MONASTERY (1820), and THE ABBOT (1820) are clear cut derivations." - Frank, The First Gothics 240. "Popular and influential; mingles historical, Gothic elements; involves Elizabeth and Essex, Mary Stuart, Leicester" - NCBEL II 1007. Summers, The Gothic Quest, p. 164-170. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-214. Bleiler (1978), p. 121. Not in Reginald (1979). Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 135. ESTC T170600. A very good copy with clean, nearly fine interior. (#135390).

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