Anonymous (Helen Mulgrave)
Title Helen Mulgrave; Or, Jesuit Executorship: Being Passagesin the Life of a Seceder from Romanism. An Autobiography
Book Condition Very Good
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition.
Publisher De Witt & Davenport, Publishers 1855
Seller ID 003043
De Witt & Davenport, Publishers, 1855. Here is an anti-Catholic screed, and a bit of a biblio-mystery. Purporting to be an autobiography, it probably is a work of fiction. The identity of the author is obscured in many ways, and appears to have taken real names/places as models.(There was an Earl of Mulgrave, but not of the name used here for the author's father; the home castle is supposedly at Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, but the real Castle Mulgrave is in Yorkshire.) At any rate, it stands as a very interesting artifact of American nativism and anti-Catholicism, and probably connected to the "Know Nothing Party" of the 1850s. There is no publication date, but Quercus assigns it to 1855, which should be close enough. A Very Good copy of the First Edition. Brown cloth binding, blindstamped with a floral motif, with titling in gilt on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 312 pages. Bumped, but not worn; slightly cocked; endpapers spotted, but not the textblock; a rear endpaper has been halfway torn out. A sound copy of an interesting artifact of American nativism and anti-Irish Catholicism. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition.