THE BRIGAND CAPTIVE; OR, GIPSY QUEEN. Auburn & Buffalo: John E. Beardsley, n.d. [cop. 1854]. Octavo, pp. [iii-vii] viii [9] 10-354 [note: text complete despite gap in pagination; there is no half title leaf and title leaf is conjugate with last leaf of first gathering and all signature marks are off by one leaf throughout], flyleaves at front and rear, original decorated black cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind. Probable later edition. A popular melodrama with a common Victorian theme: a lost/unknown/disfranchised heir is found/identified and his/her rights, privileges and/or fortune is/are restored. This story has all the features of a non-supernatural Gothic novel: Italian brigands, women captives in a cave, etc. The gypsy queen is Cunning Mab, whose specialty is stealing the children of wealthy parents (a theft more "cruel and horrible" than all others) whose "savage grief" is due to the loss of all five of her own children to a mysterious illness "near the the age of five." This novel was also published in several editions as JULIENNE: THE DAUGHTER OF THE HAMLET (Auburn: Alden, Beardsley & Co. Rochester: Wanzer, Beardsley & Co., 1854 and New Orleans: Burnett & Bostwick, 1854). There are other printings of THE BRIGAND CAPTIVE; OR, THE GIPSY QUEEN dated 1855 and 1857, as well as the undated edition described here. We believe this is the first printing under this title. There is an even later edition from Worthington titled THE GIPSY QUEEN OR BRIGAND CAPTIVE. Wright (II) 735 (listing a 1855 printing). Wright calls for a frontispiece, but this copy never had one. This copy is intact and complete, but is in very rough shape; it is only a sound reading copy. (#156533).

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