London: Printed by D. N. Shury for J. F. Hughes, 1805.
Full Leather. First Edition. First Edition of Voltairiana, selected and translated by Mary Julia Young, one of Dale Spender’s ‘Mothers of the Novel.’ A prolific author of fiction and poetry, Young was a striking example of an independent professional female writer of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Writing “for a maintenance” as she euphemistically puts it, Young encapsulates the financial hardship and open hostility that greeted female authors of the time, especially those who were fully reliant on their literary output. Taken from a letter to the Royal Literary Fund, 28 March 1808, by Ms. Young, “melange which was thrown together at the express desire of my Publisher, and I hope Voltaire has not suffer’d by my choice of selection and omissions.” Complete in four volumes. Portrait frontispiece. Page of advertisements at the rear. Very scattered foxing. Wear to the joints, extremities, and surface of the spines. Full mottled calf, with red leather labels, and gilt decorations. Four vols. Very Good. (Dale Spender, Mothers of the Novel, p. 137. Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840, Issue 18.
Very Good binding.