London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1886. First Edition. cloth. 3 vols. 1st edition. Publisher’s cloth, fine condition, a paragon of beauty and preservation. Rare. No sales at auction in 50 years though copies may well have been sold lotted with other books and therefore not recorded in ABPC’s auction records. However, only 9 sets have been located by OCLC and COPAC in national, and university libraries around the world, and these global library cooperatives deliver a more reliable census for raw numbers, but can be misleading in their own way because they include the imperfect, the defective, the misdescribed, the repaired, the rebound, the abused, the broken, the now lost, the ugly, the spectral, and the forsaken. fine. Item #38
The title is taken from the old name of the Lieutenant’s lodgings in the Tower of London, and the Tower itself is a presence in (almost a character in) the tale of a young woman, bookish and antiquarian, who choses wrongly in a man, and learns that love won’t die of starvation, and can barely be killed by indigestion.