(London: Bradbury & Evans, 1852). 190 x 123 mm. (7 1/2 x 4 7/8"). xii, 212 pp. FIRST EDITION in book form.
Pleasing late 19th century blue morocco, gilt, for J. E. Cornish, Ltd. of Manchester (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with French fillet border, spine gilt in delicately framed compartments with the insignia of Charles II at center, gilt titling, turn-ins with multiple gilt rules, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With frontispiece, vignette portrait of Nell's son, the Duke of St. Albans, on title page, and seven illustrations of people and incidents from the text, three of these full-page. A breath of rubbing to front joint, trivial internal imperfections, but A FINE COPY, with few signs of use inside or out.
Attractively bound for leading Manchester bookseller and publisher J. E. Cornish, this is the biography of Eleanor ("Nell") Gwyn (1650-87), an orange-seller and actress who became the most famous of Charles II's mistresses. Despite being illiterate, she was a successful comedienne, and she meant so much to the king that he is reported to have said on his deathbed, "Don't let poor Nelly starve." She died of apoplexy only two years after the king. Cunningham's account originally appeared in "The Gentleman's Magazine" in 1851 and is published here for the first time in book form. (ST15109c)
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PJP Catalog: RCVF20.028