Peacock, T L - Nightmare Abbey - ( Item 118950 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 1994. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Very Good slipcase. Some marks to panels of slipcase. Drawings and wood engravings by Peter Forster. 125 pp, 8vo, Bound in full purple cloth with gothic design in black by Peter Forster; black endpapers. Black and white full page illus, small designs and tailpieces, plus decorated title page by Forster. "Peacock's.novels, better called satires or conversations, are among the most pleasureable books in existence. Pleasure is their topic: ease, health, leisure, walking, fine weather, company talk and ideas. Much of the talk takes place at at table , accompanied by superb food and drink - pleasures enjoyed in real life by a man of classical tastes and a remarkable digestion.In 'Nightmare Abbey', Peacock relinquishes his usual cheerful country house in a beautiful landscape and situates Nightmare Abbey, 'a venerable family-mansion, in a highly picturesque state of semi-dilapidation on a strip of dry land between the sea and the fens', in the flat countryside of Lincolnshire looking out on the North Sea. Among the strange inhabitants/guests at the Abbey are Mr. Asterias and his son, who are trying to catch a mermaid in the hope of establishing a common ancestry." First published in 1818, this volume follows the revised edtion which appeared as Volume LVII of Bentley's Standard Novels in 1837, with slight emendations. Illustrated by Peter Forster.
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