Merry England

W. Harrison AINSWORTH

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Item#: 110678 price:$700.00

"VIVID PAGEANT OF SCENERY AND HISTORICAL ACCURACY"

AINSWORTH, W. Harrison. Merry England. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1874. Three volumes. Small octavo, early 20th-century three-quarter red morocco, raised bands, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $700.

First edition, handsomely bound.

A tale of England in the fourteenth century, with Wat Tyler of the 1381 Peasant's Revolt a central character. "Beginning with old-fashioned Gothic stories, [Ainsworth] turned out a long series of pseudo-historical romances… On a ground of solid antiquarianism Ainsworth applied 'local color' thickly, touching it off with sentiment, rhetoric and horror" (Baugh et al.., 1275-76). "Ainsworth's novels are noteworthy… for their vivid pageant of scenery and historical accuracy" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 7).

A handsome set of volumes.

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