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DOHERTY, Hugh
The discovery; or, the mysterious separation of Hugh Doherty, Esq. and Ann his wife. By H.D. Esq.
London: printed by G. Sidney. To be had only at no. 12, Temple Place, Blackfriars Road, 1807.
xcv, [1], 223, [1] p. : [2] wdcut illus. ; 18.1 cm. (12º)

Half-title reads 'The Discovery; A Domestic Tale.'. Preface 'To the Reader' signed 'Hugh Doherty, Half-pay, late 23rd Lt. Dragoons. 12, Temple Place, Blackfriars Road'. Page xciii is misnumbered cxiii. A quasi-fictional romance with epistolary exchanges, relating to the author's elopement with his wife from a a private mad-house and her subsequent desertion of him; the illustrations in the text, plan I and II are perspective diagrams of exteriors relating to the elopement. A second volume is announced on p. 220 preceding the 'Postscript', but not apparently published. A novel published in the following year, titled Ronaldsha; a romance. ... By Mrs. Doherty, wife of Hugh Doherty, Esq. author of the "Discovery; or, mysterious separation" (London: H.D. Symonds, 1808), has a dedication and preface signed 'Hugh Doherty', describing how the novel was written by his wife when they lived together in Hertfordshire, before her desertion of him and their child, and two further romances can be attributed to her. See Peter Garside et al. (eds), The English novel, 1770--1829: a bibliographical survey (Oxford 2000), vol. 2, 1808:41.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with Mrs. Galindo's letter to Mrs. Siddons, 1809 (q.v.), in a volume bought from T. & W. Boone for 5s., 11 August 1825. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in ink opposite the half-title Bindery (Feby. 1816)--. Armorial bookplate of Richard Samuel White with motto 'Honorem Perseverando Petimus' on the front pastedown. The law partnership of Richard Samuel White junior, the solicitor of William Beckford and previous owner of the copy of Olvert Dapper's Historische beschryving der stadt Amsterdam, 1663 (q.v.) in Soane's library, moved to 11 Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1833. The bookplate in the present volume is more likely that of Richard Samuel White who died in Hastings in 1817 (?) and had been a contributor of letters and verses to the European Magazine and the Gentleman's Magazine. (See Emily Lorraine de Montluzin, 'Identifying "R.S.W." and "Ricardus": Richard Samuel White and Ralph Bernal in the European Magazine and the Gentleman's Magazine', ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 15:4,(2002), pp. 29--35). Underlinings and marginal marks of emphasis in ink in the preface, inscribed P.W [cropped in the binding] in margin on p.xxxv against a reference to a 'particular friend' of the narrator's friend.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine with gilt-tooled armorial crest (17 x 19 mm.) of Richard Samuel White in the first compartment, black morocco spine-label reading 'Doherty's Seperation [sic] & Letter to Mrs. Siddons'.

Reference Number 171


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