Things as They Are, or the Singular Adventures of Caleb Williams. … From this story the play of the Iron Chest, was taken. Three volumes in one

William
Godwin

$750

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Godwin
William
Things as They Are, or the Singular Adventures of Caleb Williams. … From this story the play of the Iron Chest, was taken. Three volumes in one
Frontispiece, title page vignette, five engraved plates after William Hopwood. [ii], 340 pp
24mo
London
S. FIsher
1824
Printed boards, spine titled with price 4s. Rubbed, very good. Ownership signature of Sarah Taylor. Boxed
310834
$750

Very rare popular edition of Godwin’s first novel, originally published in 1794 adopting the mode of Gothic fiction to present “Things as they are” and to “to expose the evils which arise out of the present system of civilised society”. Godwin’s Enquiry concerning Political Justice had been published in February 1793. The front cover proclaims Fisher’s Edition of Caleb Williams and lists eight other works available in sixpenny numbers or in volumes: four by Ann Radcliffe (Mysteries of Udolpho, Romance of the Forest, Sicilian Romance, and Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne); two by Mrs Parson (Mysterious Warning and Castle of Wolfenbach; Old English Baron by Clara Reeve; and Longsword, Earl of Salisbury. The back cover lists nine titles, including Caleb Williams’s Singular Adventures, in 7 sixpenny numbers or in boards 4s. A note on that entry reads: “We have to inform our Purchasers that the injunction of the Court of Chancery, to restrain the sale of Caleb Williams, is dissolved.” Longsword (1762) was the first Gothic title to be reprinted as the first three numbers of “Fisher’s Library of Modern Amusement”. OCLC reports a number of locations holding the edition dated 1826; this 1824 edition is held only in a rebound copy in the Pforzheimer Collection at the NYPL