NETLEY ABBEY, A Gothic Story, by Richard Warner - 1796 [rebound]


Netley Abbey - A Gothic Story in 2 volumes

by Richard Warner

This book tells the story of a banished Baron who relocates near the abbey, and proceeds to encounter a host of gothic characters. One expert claims, “it is the abbey’s architecture – the style of ruined Gothic itself – that is the most threatening character of all, constantly drenched in the menace of full moonlight.” (specialcollectionsuniversityofsouthampton) This was the first book by clergyman and writer Richard Warner (1763–1857), and perhaps his later books on the region and antiquarian topics were also inspired by the then-trending Netley Abbey. 

Netley Abbey is a medieval ruin with history back to the 13th century. First occupied by monks for 300 years, and then as a Tudor mansion and country house for a couple centuries, it was left to nature's vagaries in the early 18th century when it fell out of fashion. Soon after it became a popular attraction and "romantic ruin," not only for its legends and ghosts, but also for it's tremendous creative inspiration for both romantic and gothic artists and writers--most notably writer Jane Austen (as the stories go). 

Two volumes bound in one, with 2 title pages and separate numbering. The print date on this book is one year later than the earliest documented editions of this book. Vol 1: 110 pages; Vol 2: 102 pages. 3.75 x 6.25 inches.

Expertly rebound in quarter leather, with gilt text and lines on spine. Pages were washed, and fresh coordinating pastedowns included. Type used includes infrequent use of the antique letter-S that sometimes confuses modern readers.

Early Boston reprint: by S. Sower, for George Keatinge's Wholesale and Retail Book-store. 1796. 

Quarter leatherbound is overall in VERY GOOD-- condition.

  • Quarter bound in leather with marbled-paper boards.
  • Binding was completed restored, resulting in a Fine looking exterior, and a snug casing.
  • Interior is age-toned, with moderate foxing, scattered stains, and light edgewear evident in gentle bumps, small marginal closed tears and tiny chips.
  • Some of the text is beginning to fade, yet is still legible.
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Title page has tidy owner's sig in ink at top. 
  • Distinct page flaws visible vol 1, pgs 39-46 including rough edges and mis-aligned type.
  • Part/vol 1, pg 55-56 has a chip in the fore edge that extends almost a word into the paragraph. It measures .5 x 1.75 at largest points.
  • Part/vol 2, pg 59-60 has a 1 x 1 corner chip at head that extends into text.
  • Part/vol 2, pg 67-68 has a .5 x 1.25 chip in the fore edge extending into text
  • In a couple places the original printing runs right up to the edge of the paper.
  • Possibly missing last page, despite aged inked-in "Finis"
  • Text block edges are barely deckled, with toning and dust.
  • Corners of text block are unique in that the paper has rounded corners.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • CR20180404

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Binding: Fine Binding
Original/Facsimile: Original
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Year Printed: 1796
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Topic: Gothic
Place of Publication: Baltimore MD
Author: Richard Warner
Publisher: S. Sower
Special Attributes: Early printing
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