ST. LEON: A TALE OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY ... The Second Edition. London: Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, by J. Cundee, Ivy-Lane, Newgate-Street, 1800. 12mo, four volumes: pp. [1-4] [i] ii-xii  2-331 [332: blank]; [1-4]  2-331 [332: blank]; [1-4]  2-286; [1-4]  2-336, all half title leaves present, early nineteenth century three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine panels tooled in gold, red leather title and number pieces, all edges marbled. First edition, second printing with all volumes dated 1800 and marked "second edition" on the title pages. A well-known Gothic novel by the father of Mary Shelley first published in 1799. "... well worth reading ... an obvious source for much that recurs in FRANKENSTEIN." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 700. "A fundamental novel for the occult tradition: elixir of life, Wandering Jew, etc. See my study of Bulwer's ZANONI in Strange Stories, pp. 159-232." - Wolff, XIX Century Fiction, vol. II, p. 130. "Inferior to CALEB WILLIAMS (1794) in both psychodrama and internalized Gothic effects, ST. LEON represents Godwin's ill-advised attempt to write a more traditional type of Gothic novel." - Frank, The First Gothics 140. "ST. LEON is remembered now rather for its position in the history of the novel than for any intrinsic charm. Godwin was the first to embody in a romance of ideas of the Rosicrucians which inspired Bulwer Lytton's ZICCI, ZANONI and A STRANGE STORY." - Birkhead, The Tale of Terror, pp. 111-6. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-30. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-33. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 899. Summers, A Gothic Bibliography, p. 493. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-129. Bleiler (1978), p. 83. Reginald 06072. Wolff 2589. Volume three lacks N12, a blank or a leaf of ads. Binding extremities worn, outer joints rubbed, volume two's number piece is missing, a sound, very good, clean copy. (#153228).
"The Second Edition" on title pages.