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HOFLAND, Barbara (1770--1844)
The son of a genius: a tale, for the use of youth. By the author of The history of an officer's widow and family, Clergyman's widow and family, Daughter in law, &c. &c.
London: printed for J. Harris; and B. and R. Crosby, 1812.
[2], vii, [1], 251, [5] p., engr. frontis. pl. ; 17.2 cm. (12º)

The 'Author Of The History Of An Officer's Widow ...' = Barbara Hofland. Dedication, p. [v]--vii: 'To F. P. N--, The Author's Son', signed 'B. N--.'; written for her fatherless son by her first marriage, Frederic. Imprint on title-page verso 'E. Hemsted, printer'. The frontispiece is dated Oct. 20, 1812. The first and two final leaves contain advertisements for J. Harris. Barbara Hofland was a poet, children's writer and novelist who became a friend of the Soanes; this is her most popular children's book which went through numerous editions. See Dennis Butts, Mistress of our tears (Aldershot 1992), pp. 60--61, no.10.

Copy Notes From the draft of Soane's reply dated 22 May 1813 to a letter from the the author enclosing these / little matters for your perusal in some / hour not better employed after Soane had apparently enquired after her humble publications, this is one of the works for children presented to Soane who singles it out for praise: were I / to express my feelings on the / subject, I might appear guilty / of flattery: ... . (Priv. Corr. III.H.9.1).

Binding C19th tree sheep, gilt-ruled spine, without spine-lettering or label.

Reference Number 4622


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