Publisher: London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1891.
Edition: First one-volume edition; second edition overall; the first edition was published the preceding year in three volumes.
Bibliographical References: Not in Wolff, who had several novels by Couvreur; OCLC records very few holdings for this or any edition of this title.
Condition: Spine a little faded; narrow ink stain on the fore-edges of about 90 pages, which slightly bleeds onto the blank margins; very good copy.
Book ID: 27895
Description8vo, original decorated red cloth, gilt lettering.
CommentsThe scarce second novel by Jesse Catherine Couvreur (1848-1897), English-born and Australian-raised novelist and journalist, whose fiction often centered on women in unhappy circumstances and bad marriages, neglected by unfeeling suitors and husbands, all set in Australia. This copy has appropriate provenance for such subject matter: from the library of Thomas Hardy, with his signature on the title-page and his posthumous Max Gate bookplate on the front paste-down. See Michael Millgate, Thomas Hardy's Library at Max Gate, which records that this copy was offered for sale by Frank Hollings, Catalogue 212.