Publisher: London: Printed for John Morphew and J. Woodward, 1709.
Edition: Second edition of the first part; first edition of the second part.
Bibliographical References: McBurney 45a. Part I first appeared in May 1709, with this second edition in July; part II (here in first edition) was published in October.
Condition: Water-stain to the front board and spine of volume 1; edges a little rubbed; very good copies.
Book ID: 18808
Description2 vols, 8vo, contemporary Cambridge-style calf, small hand-lettered paper spine labels. The bindings are similar in style, but not identical. Engraved frontis in volume 2 (none called for in 1).
Comments¶ A scandalous roman à clef about amatory and other adventures of the upper classes. Undaunted by serving time in jail for writing her novel, Manley soon completed a second part and an equally scandalous Memoirs of Europe (1709), all three anonymously written under the guise of translation. Secret Memoirs became one of the most famous books of its kind and went through numerous editions in the first half of the 18th century. ¶ Ms. Manley’s attempt to pillory those of rank left few unscathed: on the rear blanks and free endpaper of volume 1 are contemporary ink notations, identifying over 80 characters in the text by name and page number.