The ItalianRADCLIFFE, Ann
London: T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies. 1797.
First edition. 12mo. (180 by 110mm) (pp 11-14 in volume two are supplied from another copy of the first edition and loosely inserted). Bound in contemporary calf, spines gilt in compartments. A little worn and some rubbing to the boards of the first volume. Very Good.
The Italian was the last novel which Radcliffe published in her lifetime and in accordance with the Gothic manner was written in a dark and sombre tone. The novel is particularly noted for the fiendish and brilliantly drawn antagonist Father Schedoni. Despite its darkness, the story has a Hollywood ending with a marriage and a dead villain. Radcliffe was the Queen of the Gothic Novel.