JULIENNE: THE DAUGHTER OF THE HAMLET. Auburn: Alden, Beardsley & Co. Rochester: Wanzer, Beardsley & Co., 1854. Octavo, pp. [iii-vii] viii  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, running title is "Julienne," inserted frontispiece (engraving by J. C. Buttre), original decorated brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, rear panel stamped in blind, yellow endpapers. First 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 published in several editions as JULIENNE: THE DAUGHTER OF THE HAMLET (Auburn: Alden, Beardsley & Co. Rochester: Wanzer, Beardsley & Co., 1854, as here, and New Orleans: Burnett & Bostwick, 1854). It was also published as THE BRIGAND CAPTIVE; OR, GIPSY QUEEN ... (Auburn & Buffalo: John E. Beardsley, n.d. [cop. 1854]). There are other printings of THE BRIGAND CAPTIVE; OR, THE GIPSY QUEEN dated 1855 and 1857. There is an even later edition from Worthington titled THE GIPSY QUEEN OR BRIGAND CAPTIVE. Wright (II) 736. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, some foxing, mostly early and late, a very good copy. A very scarce early American Gothic novel. (#156894).
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