Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: M. Carey
Date Published: 1821
Binding: Hard Cover
RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF THIS CLASSIC BOOK
First American edition. 2 volumes, 6 7/8” 4 1/4”, Vol.1 290pp., Vol.2 321pp., full very worn leather with type on spines. Volume 1 with worm holes outside and inside with board loose and starting. Inside pages are dark and darker coloured. vol. 1 - p201 to 206 1 1/2” x 1/4” tear on pages reducing in size but affecting some type. p267 two tapered tears across the width of the page creating a 4” x 1/2” strip through type but readable.
vol. 2 - half title, title page, with a 1/2” 2 1/2” tapered piece of paper missing, p with 1” x 3/8” tapered piece of paper missing. p.61 with a 2” vertical tear from the page bottom up, affecting some type, still readable. Poor condition.
Loose private library bookplate (has come off) in the front of each volume of Ruth Swetland Kane (1892-1977) (New Jersey poet).
“Kenilworth is a novel of selfishness versus selflessness and ambition versus love. Amy and the Earl both struggle internally with selfishness and love, while Varney and Tressilian each typify the extremes of the two qualities. Perhaps the finest point of this work is its characterization. The Earl is shown as an ambition-driven man who will stoop to deceit and almost anything else in order to attain his goals, but with one saving grace—he loves Amy, and in the end gives up his pride and ambition to confess their marriage. Amy Robsart is a pretty, spoiled child whose tragic circumstances teach her maturity and determination, although such lessons come too late to save her. Tressilian is the serious, steadfast lover of Amy, and continues to try to save her from herself throughout the book and finally dies of a broken heart. Varney is the chief villain of the work. His greed and ambition know no bounds. It is he that pushes the Earl beyond what he would normally do to secure power, and it is he that finally murders Amy Robsart”
Poor. Item #2147