Antique (1891) first-edition hardcover book In the Golden Days Edna Lyall. International Book Company New York | Frank F. Lovell. Complete.


Antique (1891) first-edition hardcover book In the Golden Days by early feminist and Victorian author Ada Ellen Bayly, otherwise known as Edna Lyall. Book published by the International Book Company New York | Frank F. Lovell.

This book is complete at 383 pages | hardcover | NO! dust jacket.

About the author: Ada Ellen Bayly was born in Brighton, England in 1857 and authored under the pen name Edna Lyall. An early feminist following in the footsteps of other female Victorian-era authors such as Elizabeth | Mrs. Gaskell, Lyall's work was very popular in its time and she published eighteen novels or novellas between 1879 and 1902. Additionally, Lyall published a play, largely an account of her own childhood, designed for young readers and some shorter pieces. Several of Lyall's novels are historical in nature and take up contemporary political issues. By today's standards, the plots of the stories are melodramatic and the people often verge on caricature. Having said that, Bayly | Lyall is incredibly radical in her political sympathies for her time and unconventional in her habit of choosing outsiders - foreigners, non-Christians, activists - for her characters.

Interesting to note that In Golden Days, Lyall's fourth novel, was purportedly the last thing read to the hard-to-please Victorian-era art critic and patron John Ruskin who was brought vividly to life in the BBC TV series Desperate Romantics.

Story overview: Originally presented in three separate volumes in 1885, this printing represents the first combined issue of the work. In the Golden Days is an historical novel set during the time of Algernon Sidney (1623-1683), an English politician and Member of the Long Parliament. Sidney was a republican political theorist and military Colonel who also served as Commissioner of the trial of King Charles I. Sidney eventually paid with his life for attempting to control the authority of Charles I, one of England's known warrior kings. The hero of Lyall's novel, Hugo Wharncliffe, starts out as a careless, free-spirited sort, content to take life as he finds it and ends up a very determined and resolute man. Wharncliffe loves Joyce, daughter of a Puritan Colonel. At first it seems as if the Wharncliffe's acquaintance will lead to nothing but trouble.

Condition of book: In VERY GOOD! antique condition with a strong, sturdy spine and sewn-in bind and NO! pages having separated from the bind. There is MILD! stress to the bind towards the very back of the book. Covers show MILD! wear | rub to the corners and edges and some scuffs and light blemishes. Elaborate gold-embossed spine is bright and vivid with MINIMAL! wear apparent. Internal pages show MODERATE foxing | yellowing. Book has NO! ripped or torn pages and we encountered NO! dog-eared corners. There is a penciled inscription written on the inside overleaf dated Christmas, 1892 (please review each of the posted photos for a complete visual of the item). All text is clear and legible. Book contains only text with NO illustrations.

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Approximate measurements: 8" x 5-1/2" | complete at 383 pages | NO! dust jacket.

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