Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1870. Hardcover. 8vo. The uncommon FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. This was to be Rossetti’s last attempt at fiction. The title story, Commonplace, was a Jane Austen-like work of satirical social observation and commentary. It was the tale of three parentless sisters and their paths to marriage or another fate. It was published May 5, 1870, and was not well-received, unlike her earlier poetical works. Bound in original green publisher’s cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Very good plus except for wear to top and bottom of spine and bumping to board corners. Dark brown endpapers. There is light spotting to front endpapers, title page and contents page as well as to fore-edges, otherwise the interior is clean and bright. Some pages have very light creases to upper right margins. An extremely nice copy of Rossetti’s last fictional work. 329 pages plus 5 pages of ads. PRERAPH/102407. Very Good +.
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London: James Bowden, 1897. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. 12mo. 1 of 500 copies. Includes prefatory note by her brother, William Rossetti that discusses the history of the work and his sister’s objectives in writing it. He believed that his sister’s main objective was to delineate through Maude what she regarded as defects in her own character and in her attitude towards her social circle and religious obligations. Maude was written in 1850, when Christina Rossetti was only 19 years old. A few changes were made by her to the manuscript in 1874 or 1875. William states that the book is “in all senses a juvenile performance: but I think it is agreeably written and not without touches of feminine perception and discernment.” Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt facsimile of author's signature to front board. Browning to spine. Interior is very clean with minor browning to top edge of pages; text remains bright. Tight binding. Includes frontispiece copy with tissue guard of drawing of Rossetti by her brother Dante Gabriel. Previous owner’s bookplate on front pastedown. 81 pages LIT/040805. Very Good.