This blockbuster novel is one of many written by Hannah Maria Jones, who was a prolific writer of popular stories in the early 19th century. It is probably one of the trilogy about gypsies which is now considered her most successful work. The end of the tale is a violent one, two characters drawing their final breath on the penultimate page, having been shot - a rather surprising denouement even these days.
Hannah Maria Jones (1784?–1854) was a British novelist, author of such titles as "Gretna Green" (1820), "The British Officer" (1821), "The Wedding Ring" (1824), "The Forged Note" (1824) and "The Victim of Fashion" (1825). Her most successful work was a trilogy about gypsies. She may not have received the money she deserved from these books and other (more successful) authors such as Ellen Pickering published similar works.
Our copy is in very nice condition, handsomely bound in red half-leather and red cloth, with a densely gilt-decorated spine in 6 panels, the title on a dark leather label in the 2nd (R/H side of label and gilt letter 'L' missing). The gilt is somewhat worn, and the exterior shows some wear at edges and corners, but is generally in good condition for its age. All page edges gilt. Within, bright green endpapers are a surprise. An owner's name is neatly inscribed in flowing script on a blank page after the free fep, and dated 1859. Binding is firm with no loose pages; pages all lightly browned, and in some instances quite heavily stained with brown, but not apparently foxed. The book is lavishly illustrated with beautiful steel engravings, with a frontispiece, a vignette half title and eight further plates. This edition is not dated. The book is said to have been first published in 1836, but this may be a later edition from the next decade.