Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Cloth boards. All 4 corners mildly bumped & rounded, 2 small white dot stains on front boards, page edges & endpapers age toned, previous owners bookplate on front pastedown. Footnotes, bibliography, index, 407 pp. Text clean & tight.
Very Good-Very Good + No Jacket. Large 8vo ix, 407 pp, preface, Book I. The Beginnings, 1789-1820: I. The Triumph of the Novel; II. Richardson and Seduction; III. The Elegant Epistolarians; IV. Sterne and Sensibility; V. Sex and Sensibility; VI. The Sentimental Formula. Book II. The Sentimental Years, 1820-1860: I. Popular Isms and Ologies; II. Ten Thousand and One Nights in a Barroom; III. Uncle Tom's and Other Cabins; IV. Home, Sweet Home; V. Stepping Hevenward; VI. The Sentimnental Compromise; bibliography, index. First Edition, 1940. "Although very few of these once popular novels are read today by critical readers, the secret of their wide appeal is not entirely obscured by their feverish sentiment. The provided a welcome compensation for the emotions, activities, and ideals which life denied to countless readers. The contained an amazing vitality which often transcended their preposterous plots. Frequently they voiced the genuine aspirations of their age." from the preface. Ex Library with donation plate on ffep and stamp on title page, else, no other library markings. Inked underlining and notation in margin of page 33, 40, 358 and 359. Light age-tonning to text block edges, else, clean, tight and strong binding with no other underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Russet textured cloth with gilt lettering to spine.
Very Good. No DJ. Pages are clean, except for inscriptions to previous owners on first free end paper. Light wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Binding is square and tight. Boards are clean but worn along edges, spine ends and corners. Corners are bumped. Text block is lightly soiled. No dust jacket.
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