TWO OF VICTORIAN NOVELIST CATHERINE SINCLAIR'S MOST BELOVED "SILVER FORK" NOVELS, HANDSOMELY BOUND TOGETHER
SINCLAIR, Catharine. Modern Flirtations; Or, A Month at Harrowgate. London: Clarke and Beeton, 1855. BOUND WITH: [Anonymous]. She Would Be a Governess. A Domestic Tale. London: Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, 1861. Thick 12mo, contemporary three-quarter green calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, red morocco spine label, marbled boards and edges. $300.
Early editions of two of Sinclair's Victorian "silver fork" novels, with engraved frontispiece and vignette title page for the first work.
The daughter of British politician and baronet Sir John Sinclair, Catherine Sinclair was very badly scarred with smallpox during her childhood and thus became her father's secretary until his death in 1835. After, Catherine began writing and publishing. As both a novelist and children's author, she became a prominent member of the popular "'silver-fork' school of novelists who, in the early 19th century, aimed to describe fashionable English society from the inside for those on the outside" (Britannica)."Miss Sinclair wrote brightly and wittily, and displayed much skill in characterization and description" (DNB). Modern Flirtations was first published in 1841. She Would Be a Governess was first published in 1861; this is most likely a first edition though its scarcity is such that the details of its printing history are unknown. Owner signatures.
A very attractive volume.