THE CASTLE OF THE TUILERIES: OR, A NARRATIVE OF ALL THE EVENTS WHICH HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE INTERIOR OF THAT PALACE, FROM THE TIME OF ITS CONSTRUCTION TO THE EIGHTEENTH BRUMAIRE OF THE YEAR VIII. Translated from the French, by Francis Lathom. London: Printed for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, Paternoster-Row, 1803. Octavo, pp. [i-iii] iv-vii [viii-ix] x-xiii  2-367 [368: blank]; [i-iii] iv-vi  2-392, late nineteenth-century three-quarter polished calf and marbled boards, spine panels richly tooled in gold, brown and black leather title and number pieces, marbled endpapers, t.e.g. (binding by Root & Son). First edition in English. A translation of LE CHÂTEAU DES TUILERIES (Paris 1802). The eighteenth Brumaire VIII (9 November 1799) was the day on which the Directory was overthrown and Napoleon established his supremacy. Roussel (1759-1815) is the subject of some controversy concerning his seemingly anti-republican and antifeminist depiction of the Society of Revolutionary Republican Women, and he has been accused of refashioning revolutionary history to suit the political times of the Napoleonic era in LE CHÂTEAU DES TUILERIES. The translator, Francis Lathom (1774-1832), was a British Gothic novelist and playwright. THE MIDNIGHT BELL (1798), is his most famous novel, not only because it is his best Gothic novel, but more significantly because Jane Austen lists it as one of "the horrid novels" in her NORTHANGER ABBEY. Lathom was one of the first writers of historical fiction and was among the first gay writers. Summers (The Gothic Quest, p. 318) notes that Roussel was "a fairly prolific political writer" and says Lathom's translation is "spirited" and that he "has done his part with elegance and vigour." Garside, Raven and Schöwerling 1803: 62. Summers, A Gothic Bibliography, pp. 91; 268; 273. Calf rubbed at spine ends, corner tips, and along outer joints, some rubbing to boards, a sound, internally fine copy. An important work now scarce in commerce. (#156221).
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