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PDATE 4 (June 2003August 2004)

Peter Garside, with Jacqueline Belanger, Sharon Ragaz, Anthony Mandal

This project report relates to The English Novel, 1770–1829: A Bibliographical Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles, general editors Peter Garside, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, 2 vols. (Oxford: OUP, 2000). In particular it offers fresh commentary on the entries in the second volume [EN2], which was co-edited by Peter Garside and Rainer Schöwerling, with the assistance of Christopher Skelton-Foord and Karin Wünsche. The present report is the fourth (and last) Update in a series of annual Reports, each featuring information that has come to light in the preceding year as a result of activities in CEIR and through contributions sent by interested individuals outside Cardiff.

     The entries below are organised in a way that matches the order of material in the English Novel, 1770–1829. While it makes reference to any relevant changes that may have occurred in Updates 1–3, the ‘base’ it normally refers to is the printed Bibliography and not the preceding reports. Sections A and B concern authorship, with the first of these proposing changes to the attribution as given in the printed Bibliography, and the second recording the discovery of new information of interest that has nevertheless not led presently to new attributions. Section C includes three additional titles which match the criteria for inclusion and should ideally have been incorporated in the printed Bibliography, while Section E involves information such as is usually found in the Notes field of entries, and those owning copies of the printed Bibliography might wish (as in the case of the earlier categories) to amend entries accordingly. An element of colour coding has been used to facilitate recognition of the nature of changes, with red denoting revisions and additions to existing entries in the Bibliography, and the additional titles discovered being picked out in blue. Reference numbers (e.g. 1806: 12) are the same as those in the English Novel, 1770–1829; when found as cross references these refer back to the original Bibliography, unless accompanied with ‘above’ or ‘below’, in which case a cross reference within the present report is intended. Abbreviations match those listed at the beginning volume 2 of the English Novel, though in a few cases these are spelled out more fully for the convenience of present readers.

     This report (and its addenda) were prepared by Peter Garside, with significant inputs of information from Drs Jacqueline Belanger and Sharon Ragaz, on this occasion especially as a result of a survey of relevant entries in the Ledgers of the Longman Archives, and work with the Oliver & Boyd and Blackwood Papers in the National Library of Scotland. Information was also generously communicated by a number of individuals, including: Andrew Ashfield, Richard Beaton, Emma Clery, Isobel Grundy, David Skilton, John Strachan, and (once more) Professors Rolf Loeber and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber. As before, the Cardiff team has benefited from its association with Projekt Corvey at Paderborn University, most recently through the joint preparation of a Bibliography of Fiction, 1830–1836 (available now within Cardiff Corvey, and abbreviated below as EN3). Thanks are also due to Michael Bott, of Reading University Library, for help received in locating materials in the Longman archives; to Miss Virginia Murray for support and guidance with the Murray archives; and to the trustees of the National Library of Scotland [NLS] for permission to quote from manuscripts in their care.

A: New and Changed Author Attributions

1802: 3
[PHILIPPS, Janetta].
London: Printed at the Minerva-Press, for William Lane, Leadenhall-Street, 1802.
I 266p, ill.; II 216p. 12mo. 8s boards (CR); 8s (ECB).
CR 2nd ser. 34: 476 (Apr 1802); WSW I: 32.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47405-1; ECB 158; xNSTC.
Notes.The authorship has been discovered through the appearance of ‘Stanzas Inserted in the Novel of Delaval’ in Janetta Philipps’s privately printed Poems (Oxford, 1811), pp. 31–2, these matching the untitled 5-stanza poem interspersed in the novel above at I, 116. Further comparison has revealed that 5 other poetical pieces in the novel are reprinted in Philipps’s Poems, constituting nearly a third of the items in that volume. Little else has been found about Janetta Philipps, other than that Shelley praised her poems and was active in collecting subscribers for the 1811 volume (see Jackson, p. 256). Thanks are due to Andrew Ashfield for drawing attention to ‘Stanzas Inserted in the Novel of Delaval’.
Further edn: Newbern, NC, 1804 (NUC).

1806: 6
[?HURRY, Margaret].
London: Printed by I. Gold, Shoe-Lane, for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-Row, 1806.
I 335p; II 324p; III 213p. 12mo. 13s 6d (ECB); 13s 6d boards (ER).
ER 9: 500 (Jan 1807); WSW I: 34.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47448-5; ECB 168; NSTC D1544 (BI BL, C).
Notes. Longman Divide Ledger (CD, p. 221) and Commission Ledger (IC, p. 21) show that 6 copies were sent to Mrs Ives at Yarmouth and that half profits were paid to a ‘Mrs H.’. ‘Mrs Ives Hurry’ is given as the author on the title-page of Artless Tales (1808: 59), also published by Longmans. Mrs Hurry’s maiden name was Margaret Mitchell. The subscription list to Artless Tales includes 6 Yarmouth subscribers, including a Mr James Hurry (among 11 of that surname). The same list also includes a Mrs T. Ives, who subscribes for 3 copies, as well as three Miss Mitchells. The ledger nomination of Mrs H. apparently as the author, similarity of publisher, and a coincidence of names and East Anglian connections, point strongly (though not decisively) towards authorship of the above title by Margaret Hurry.

1808: 13
[?MERIVALE, John Herman].
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-Row, 1808.
I 271p; II 220p; III 249p; IV 300p. 12mo. 18s (ECB, ER).
ER 12: 524 (July 1808), 13: 507 (Jan 1809); WSW I: 104.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48607-6; ECB 494; NSTC G1895 (BI E).
Notes. Longman Divide Ledger (ID, p. 88) shows a number of copies, some in special bindings, being sent to ‘Mr Merrivale’ (or ‘Mr M’). This raises the possibility that the author of this work was John Herman Merivale. Merivale’s brother-in-law was Henry Joseph Thomas Drury (1778–1841), and it is noticeable that a copy of the novel was also sent to ‘H. Drury Esq’. Merivale was a classical scholar, whose works included Collections from the Greek Anthology and from the Pastoral, Elegiac, and Dramatic Poets of Greece (London, 1813). He was also a contributor to Blackwood’s Magazine.

1809: 10
[?PORTER, Sir Robert Ker].
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-Row, 1809.
I viii, 199p; II 208p. 12mo. 8s (ECB, ER, QR).
ER 15: 242 (Oct 1809); QR 2: 466 (Nov 1809); WSW I: 118.
Corvey; CME 3-628-51155-0; ECB 575; NSTC T131 (BI O).
Notes. Preface dated London, May 1809. Longman Divide Ledger (ID, p. 50) shows 6 copies in boards being sent to ‘Miss Porter’. This indicates a connection with either Jane or Anna Maria Porter, and beyond that possible authorship by a member of the Porter family. Sir Robert Ker Porter (1772–1842), their elder brother, had travelled extensively in Russia, Germany, Finland and Sweden, since 1804, and more recently had accompanied Sir John Moore on his expedition to Spain. He was the acknowledged author of Letters from Portugal and Spain, written during the march of the British Troops under Sir John Moore (1809), published by Longman & Co, for whom he also wrote other travel books. In the Preface to the present work, the author refers to his having added notes to ‘the Spanish story’, but having desisted from doing the same in the case of ‘the Sicilian, Swiss, or Portuguese stories’ (vii–viii) Granting the present attribution to Sir Robert Ker Porter, and the almost certain authorship of Sir Edward Seaward’s Narrative of His Shipwreck (EN3 1831: 57) by William Ogilvie Porter, this would place four of the Porter siblings as writers of fiction.

1812: 23
[BENGER, Elizabeth Ogilvy].
Edinburgh: Printed for Manners and Miller; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1812.
I 288p; II 271p; III 250p. 12mo. 15s (ECB, ER, QR).
ER 19: 511 (Feb 1812); QR 7: 471 (June 1812).
Corvey; CME 3-628-48156-2; ECB 368; NSTC M1135 (BI BL, E, O).
Notes: Benger is given as the author in FC and NUC; Mme[?] Barbara Pile is listed as the author by Bentley (p. 94) (also spelt Pilon—p. 72). The absence of any further evidence about the otherwise unknown Pile, and an increasing awareness of the provenance of this novel, both argue strongly for attributing this novel to Benger alone. One useful pointer is the recommendation of the work to its Edinburgh publishers as ‘the very best novel she had ever read’ by Elizabeth Hamilton, one of Benger’s close friends: see Lady Charlotte Bury, The Diary of a Lady-in-Waiting, ed. by A. F. Steuart, 2 vols. (London: Lane, 1908), II, 262.
Further edn: Philadelphia 1812 (NUC).

1815: 17
BUONAPARTE, Louis; K{ENDALL}, E{dward} A{ugustus} (trans.).
London: Printed by J. Gillet, Crown-Court, Fleet-Street, for H. Colburn, Conduit-Street; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row, 1815.
I xvi, 225p; II 189p; III 251p. 12mo. 16s 6d (ECB, ER); 16s (QR).
ER 25: 278 (June 1815); QR 13: 281 (Apr 1815); WSW I: 180.
BL N.1820; ECB 64; NSTC L2387 (BI C, Dt).
Notes: Trans. of Marie, ou les Hollandoises (Paris, 1814), which is the 2nd edn. of Marie, ou les peines de l’amour (Gratz, 1812). Preface to the Translation, signed E. A. K., 6 Feb 1815, reads: ‘The first edition, under the title of Marie, ou les peines de l’amour, was printed at Gratz, in the year 1812. Of that edition, a reprint appeared in Paris, but, from whatever cause, not before the beginning of the year 1814. In the interim, the author had made several alterations in his work, changing some of the minor incidents of the story, and consequently suppressing some of his pages, and adding others; and, in the month of June, 1814, he conveyed, by a written paper, dated at Lausanne, in Switzerland, and signed “L. de St. Leu,” to a particular bookseller in Paris, authority to print, from the original manuscript, with its alterations, a second edition of his book, under the new title of Marie, ou les Hollandoises. From this edition, the following translation has been made’ (pp. [v]–vi). OCLC (Accession No. 5381478) identifies the translator as probably Edward Augustus Kendall (1776?–1842). This identification is substantiated by the Longman Divide Ledger entry (2D, p. 76), where ‘Mr Kendall’ receives payment of £31. 10. 0. as the ‘Translator’.

1819: 18
Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, High Street; G. & W. B. Whittaker, Ave-Maria-Lane, London; and W. Turnbull, Glasgow, 1819.
I 246p; II 221p. 12mo. 12s (ER).
ER 32: 257 (July 1819).
Corvey; CME 3-628-48615-7; NSTC 2H28683 (BI BL).
Notes: Oliver & Boyd ledger entry itemizes £20 ‘Paid to Mr Edwards for the copyright’ (NLS, MS Accession 5000/1, Copyright Ledger I, pp. 135–6). Normally in such cases in the Oliver & Boyd records this refers to the author, though there is still the possibility that an agent was involved in this particular case. 8 pp. of separately paged advs. at the end of vol. 2.
Further edn: 2nd edn. 1819 (NSTC).

1820: 10
[?DIBDIN, Thomas John].
London: Printed for William Fearman, New Bond Street, 1820.
I xlvi, 226p; II 290p; III 319p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48870-2; ECB 575; NSTC 2T1406 (BI BL, E; NA MH).
Notes: Vol. 1 includes a long ‘Publisher’s Preface’ containing details of a dispute with John Ballantyne, Walter Scott’s literary agent, concerning the copyright of the Tales of My Landlord series. See Update 3 under 1820: 10 for Robert Cadell’s report to his partner Constable that ‘Thomas Dibdin is the author’. Additional support for an attribution to Thomas John Dibdin (1771–1841) has since been found in OCLC’s attribution of the follow-up work in this spurious ‘new series’ to this Dibdin (see Notes to 1821: 17 below). On the other hand, mention by the Publisher (in a notice in the Morning Chronicle of 13 Nov 1819) of the MS of the present work ‘coming from a great distance’ would seem to militate against the London-centred Dibdin being the origin.
Further edns: French trans., 1821 [as Le Château de Pontefract (Pigoreau)]; German trans., 1824 [as Das Schloss von Pontefract (RS)].

1820: 12
[SANSAY, Leonora].
London: Printed for William Fearman, Library, 170, New Bond Street, 1820.
I 243p; II 254p; III 309p. 12mo. 21s (ECB).
ER 35: 266 (Mar 1821); WSW II: 41.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47473-6; ECB 654; NSTC 2A10533 (BI BL).
Notes: ER gives ‘Madame de Sansée’ as the author. This is substantiated by the attribution of this title to Leonora Sansay (b. 1781) by OCLC (Accession No. 22421579). Sansay is also given in OCLC as the author of Secret History, or the Horrors of St. Domingo (1808), and of Laura (1809) ‘by a lady of Philadelphia’ (where that novel was published). Both these latter works are mentioned in the entry on Sansay in FC, though no mention is made there of the above work and its companion The Scarlet Handkerchief (see 1823: 12 below). Adv. opp. t.p. of vol. 1 for ‘American Novels’, announcing two titles ‘In the Press, by the same Author’, viz. ‘The Scarlet Handkerchief, 3 vols.’, and ‘The Stranger in Mexico, 3 vols.’, which with the present work ‘form a Series of Novels that have been transmitted to the Publisher from America’. For the first of these titles, though from another publisher, see 1823: 12.

1820: 28(b)
GENLIS, [Stéphanie-Félicité, Comtesse] de; [STRUTT, Elizabeth; formerly BYRON (trans.)].
London: Printed for Henry Colburn & Co. Public Library, Conduit Street, Hanover Square, 1820.
I xii, 195p; II 213p. 12mo. 10s 6d (ECB).
BL 837.b.27; ECB 225; NSTC 2B54567 (BI Dt, O).
Notes: Trans. of Pétrarque et Laure (Paris, 1819). This translation is given as Strutt’s in an MS list of her works found in the Oliver & Boyd Papers held in NLS (Accession 5000/91).
ER 33: 518 (May 1820); WSW I: 333.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47801-4; ECB 168; NSTC 2H36417 (BI BL, C, O).
Notes: Distinct from Domestic Scenes by Mrs Showes (see 1806: 61). Longman Divide Ledger (2D, p. 174) has ‘Mrs B’ written on upper right side of ledger entry, in a position where authors are normally shown; it also records ‘1 copy bds [sent to] Mrs Blair’. This is almost certainly Mrs Alexander Blair, the widow of a ruined industrialist and speculator, and very probably the same person who is described by Maria Edgeworth in a letter of 4 Mar 1819 as writing ‘novels if not for bread for butter’ (Letters from England, 1813–1844, ed. by Christina Colvin (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), p. 173). See also Update 1 (under 1813: 14) for a now disprovedsuggestion that a ‘Miss Cox’ might lie behind the pseudonym ‘Lady Humdrum’; and Update 3 for further commentary on the Blairs, and their daughter, the novelist Mary Margaret Busk.

1820: 38
[BLAIR, Mrs Alexander].
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row, 1820.
I 368p; II 359p; III 386p. 12mo. 21s (ECB, ER).
ER 33: 518 (May 1820); WSW I: 333.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47801-4; ECB 168; NSTC 2H36417 (BI BL, C, O).
Notes. Distinct from Domestic Scenes by Mrs Showes (see 1806: 61). Longman Divide Ledger (2D, p. 174) has ‘Mrs B’ written on upper right side of ledger entry, in a position where authors are normally shown; it also records ‘1 copy bds [sent to] Mrs Blair’. This is almost certainly Mrs Alexander Blair, the widow of a ruined industrialist and speculator, and very probably the same person who is described by Maria Edgeworth in a letter of 4 Mar 1819 as writing ‘novels if not for bread for butter’ (Letters from England, 1813–1844, ed. by Christina Colvin (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971), p. 173). See also Update 1 (under 1813: 14) for a now disproved suggestion that a ‘Miss Cox’ might lie behind the pseudonym ‘Lady Humdrum’; and Update 3 for further commentary on the Blairs, and their daughter, the novelist Mary Margaret Busk.

1821: 17
[?DIBDIN, Thomas John].
London: Printed for William Fearman, New Bond-Street, 1821.
I xcvi, 256p; II 360p; III 368p. 12mo. 24s (ER, QR).
ER 35: 525 (July 1821); QR 24: 571 (Jan 1821).
Corvey; ECB 575; NSTC 2T1407 (BI BL, E).
Notes: OCLC entry (Accession No. 13819230) ascribes to Thomas John Dibdin (1771–1841), apparently on basis of anonymous MS note on t.ps. of surviving copy attributing to Thomas Dibdin of Sadler’s Wells. For other evidence in support of such an attribution, see Update 3 under 1820: 10 and Notes to 1820: 10 above.
Further edns: French trans., 1821 [as La Belle Sorcière de Glas-Llyn (Pigoreau)]; German trans., 1822 [as Die Circe von Glas-Llyn (RS)].

1821: 67
SOUZA[-BOTELHO], [Adélaide-Marie-Émilie Filleul, Marquise de Flahaut]; [?RYLANCE, Ralph (trans.)].
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row, 1821.
I 269p; II 263p. 12mo. 10s 6d (ECB); 10s 6d boards (ER, QR).
ER 35: 266 (Mar 1821); QR 24: 571 (Jan 1821).
BL N.368; ECB 552; NSTC 2F7815 (BI C).
Notes: Trans. of Mademoiselle de Tournon (vol. 6 of Oeuvres Complètes, Paris, 1821–2). Longman Impression Book entry (No. 7, fol. 109v) lists ‘Payments to Rylance [for] translating’. This is likely to refer to Ralph Rylance, the author of several books and pamphlets in this period, including A Sketch of the Causes and Consequences of the Late Emigration to the Brazils (1808) for Longman & Co. Rylance also appears in the Longman ledgers as a house reader for the firm. He is on record as receiving payment, for example, for reading and/or correcting the MSS of Jane West’s The Loyalists (1812: 64), Alicia de Lacy (1814: 60), and Ringrove (1827: 78), as well as Agnes Anne Barber’s Country Belles (1824: 16).
Further edn: Boston 1822 (NUC).

1823: 12
[SANSAY Leonora].
London: Printed for A. K. Newman and Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1823.
I 272p; II 264p; III 302p. 12mo. 18s (ECB).
Corvey; CME 3-628-48531-2; ECB 516; NSTC 2A10524 (BI BL).
Notes: Attribution to Sansay as a consequence of information relating to Zelica, the Creole (see Notes to 1820: 12 above). ECB dates Feb 1823

1823: 14
[BLAIR, Mrs Alexander].
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row, 1823.
I 365p; II 353p. 12mo. 14s (ECB, QR); 14s boards (ER).
ER 39: 272 (Oct 1823); QR 29: 280 (Apr 1823); WSW II: 33.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48641-6; ECB 526; NSTC 2S12804 (BI BL, C).
Notes: Domestic Scenes was written under the pseudonym of Lady Humdrum (see 1820: 38). ‘Mrs Blair’ is written on top right of entry for the present title in Longman Divide Ledger (2D, p. 175). For the identification of Mrs Alexander Blair as the author underlying the pseudonymous ‘Lady Humdrum’, see extended Note to 1820: 38 above.

1824: 85
[?HOWARD, Francis].
I 315p; II 291p; III 304p; IV 317p. 12mo. 26s (ECB).
WSW II: 38.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48762-5; ECB 594; NSTC 2S11201 (BI BL, C, O).
Notes: Francis Howard apparently claims this novel in a letter of 20 Dec 1824 to Oliver & Boyd, while approaching the firm over another novel of his: ‘[…] I never wrote a line till early in June 1823 when literally for want of amusement I began & wrote a Romance named Torrenwald’ (NLS, Accession 5000/191). Other correspondence in the Oliver & Boyd papers indicates that he was also the author of The Vacation, or Truth and Falsehood: A Tale for Youth (1824). Apart from this, however, nothing has been discovered about Howard, and his new novel appears not to have been taken up by Oliver & Boyd. ECB dates May 1824.

1825: 30
FOUQUÉ, [Friedrich Heinrich Karl], Baron de la Motte; [GILLIES, Robert Pierce (trans.)].
Edinburgh: Published by Oliver & Boyd, Tweeddale-Court; and Geo. B. Whittaker, London, 1825.
I xv, 319p; II 344p; III 332p. 12mo. 21s (ECB).
BL N.278; ECB 213; NSTC 2L2906 (BI C, Dt, E, O).
Notes: Trans. of Der Zauberring (Nürnberg, 1813). Dedication ‘to Conrad Charles, Freyherr von Ämselnburg, in Berlin, translator of “The Lady of the Lake”, “The Bridal of Triermain” and “The Antiquary” ’. Correspondence between Gillies and George Boyd in the Oliver & Boyd Papers held in NLS (Accession 5000/191) makes it clear that Gillies was the translator. ECB dates Nov 1825.
Further edn: another trans. 1846 (NSTC).

1826: 8
[?HALE, Sarah Josepha Buell].
New-York: Printed for Collins and Hannay. London: Reprinted for A. K. Newman and Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1826.
I 273p; II 271p; III 262p. 12mo. 16s 6d (ECB).
Corvey; CME 3-628-47472-8; ECB 565; NSTC 2L1432 (BI BL, C).
Notes: OCLC (Accession No. 27635457) attributes New York edn. unquestioningly to Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1788–1879). This work is not listed as Hale’s, however in Blanck. ECB dates Aug 1825. Colophon in each vol. reads: ‘J. Darling, Leadenhall-Street, London’. Originally published New York 1825 (OCLC).

1828: 9
[STRUTT, Elizabeth; formerly BYRON].
Edinburgh: Published by Oliver & Boyd, Tweeddale Court; and Geo. B. Whittaker, London, 1828.
320p. 18mo. 4s (ECB).
BL 1210.c.18(2); ECB 371; NSTC 2H8444.
Notes: Correspondence of Elizabeth Strutt and others with George Boyd in the Oliver & Boyd Papers held in NLS (Accession 5000/192-3) makes it clear that Strutt was the author of this work. ECB dates Mar 1828.

1828: 17
[BANIM, Michael].
London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1828.
I 314p; II 299p; III 318p. 12mo. 31s 6d (ECB); 31s 6d boards (ER).
ER 47: 524 (May 1828).
Corvey; CME 3-628-47353-5; ECB 145; NSTC 2B6685 (BI BL, C, Dt, E; NA MH).
Notes: Letters from John to Michael Banim during the preparation of this work indicate that it was authored by Michael alone, and not as previously given by the brothers together (see Patrick Joseph Murray, The Life of John Banim, the Irish Novelist (London, 1857), pp. 180, 190–2). Dedication ‘to Sheffield Grace, Esq, F.S.A. &c.’, signed ‘The O’Hara Family’.
Further edns: 1834 (NUC); Philadelphia 1839 (NUC); French trans., 1833.
Facs: IAN (1979).

1829: 6
[ALEXANDER, Gabriel].
Edinburgh: Published by Oliver & Boyd, Tweeddale-Court; and Geo. B. Whittaker, London, 1829.
335p. 12mo. 7s (ECB, QR).
QR 39: 525 (Apr 1829).
Corvey; CME 3-628-51100-3; ECB 403; NSTC 2G17267 (BI BL, C, Dt, E).
Notes: A letter of receipt in the Oliver & Boyd papers, 15 May 1828, shows Gabriel Alexander acknowledging payment of £20 sterling for the copyright of this title (Letter Book, Agreements, 1814–47; NLS, Accession 5000/140). In the index to the same Letter Book, the author is listed under ‘Alexander, Gabriel, Advocate’. This is almost certainly the same Alexander Gabriel who was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates on 25 Jan 1817, and died in 1868. In a letter of 11 Apr 1834 to the Royal Literary Fund, to whom an appeal was made, Alexander describes his work as ‘a seven shilling volume which I had published by Oliver & Boyd Edin. 1828’ (RLF 25: 789, Item 1). James Rennie, writing on his behalf on 20 April 1834, also states that ‘The only volume he has had published is ‘My Grandfather’s Farm’ which I am told in P[aternoster] R[ow] sold very well’ (Item 2). The RLF records show that Alexander was granted £20. ECB dates Nov 1828.

B: New Information Relating to Authorship, but not Presently Leading to Further Attribution Changes

1803: 38 KARAM[Z]IN, Ni[k]olai [Mikhailovich]; ELRINGTON, John Battersby (trans.), RUSSIAN TALES. Examination of the 1804 reissue, titled Tales from the Russian of Nicolai Karamsin (BL 12590 f. 90), shows a completely different set of preliminaries, which themselves strongly argue for the attribution of the translation to Andreas Andersen Feldborg. These consist of a dedication ‘to Mr A de Gyldenpalm, His Danish Majesty’s Charge D’Affaires At the Court of Great Britain &c’, in which ‘The Translator’ speaks ‘As a native of Denmark’; and also a ‘Translator’s Preface’ in which the same translator refers to having ‘already the honour of introducing my author to the British Public, by the translation of his Travels’. This latter presumably relates to Karamzin’s Travels from Moscow, through Prussia, Germany, Switzerland, France, and England (London: Printed for J. Badcock by G. Sidney, 1803)—see OCLC Accession No. 9213044, which states translated from the German, though no translator is given. Translation of both works by the same Dane is strongly implied in a letter of Isaac D’Israeli to John Murray II, probably belonging to 1803, in the Murray Archives. Here D’Israeli states: ‘I heard last night that Karamsin’s Travels is a very indifferent book. This does not augur well for Karamsin’s Tales; the work in question of the Dane’s. I give you this information in time, that you may not plunge headlong into any independent engagement respecting the work. If he has printed 900, it is a good many; parts of the work should not extend beyond the circle of a Circulating Library.’ It is worth noting that Sidney, the printer of Karamzin’s Travels, appears on the title-pages of both the 1803 and 1804 Karamzin Tales: alone in the first case (indicating a private publication), and with ‘J. Johnson, St Paul’s Church-Yard’ in the second case. The main body of the work is both instances is made up from the same sheets, suggesting possibly that Johnson had bought up remaindered stock for the second issue. (The 1804 reissue also lacks the two plates found in the 1803 issue, the second of which, facing p. 204, bears the legend ‘Published Novemr 5th 1803’.) If however Feldborg is adjudged translator, this not only leaves the large problem of the 1803 edition’s title-page attribution of the translation to John Battersby Elrington, but also the questions posed by a different set of preliminaries profiling Elrington as an entirely different kind of entity. The address ‘To My Friends’ there in particular refers to the translator as being ‘a Gentleman in Prison, labouring for Bread’. One potential solution is that Elrington is a pseudonym of Feldborg’s, though this seems a large conjectural step to take. For further commentary on the larger issues involved, see Addendum 1 to this Update concerning ‘Charles Sedley’.

1804: 71 WIELAND, C[hristoph] M[artin]; ELRINGTON, John Battersby (trans.), CONFESSIONS IN ELYSIUM, OR THE ADVENTURES OF A PLATONIC PHILOSOPHER. The possibility that Elrington is a pseudonym, and/or of an involvement by Andreas Anderson Feldborg as translator, is opened up by the case of 1803: 38 above. The licentiousness of much of the present text, at least in its translated form, might seem to match the Elrington persona; translation of an extensive text ‘from the German’ would seem to accord more with Feldborg. One linking factor is the appearance of G. Sidney as printer again on the titles. For further commentary on the larger issues involved, see Addendum 1 to this Update concerning ‘Charles Sedley’.

1805: 10 ANON, THE MYSTERIOUS PROTECTOR: A NOVEL. DEDICATED TO LADY CRESPIGNY. The 1821 Catalogue for J. Brown’s Circulating Library, Standishgate, Wigan, attributes this novel to Mrs Crepigny, though most probably as a result of the incorporation of Lady Crespigny as the dedicatee within the main title. It is perhaps worth noting, nevertheless, that the same Mary Champion de Crespigny is the accepted author of The Pavilion. A Novel (EN1 1796: 35).

1805: 15 [ANDERSON, Andreas], *MENTAL RECREATIONS. FOUR DANISH AND GERMAN TALES. BY THE AUTHOR OF TOUR IN ZEALAND. Attributed to Andreas Anderson, following Andrew Block, though no actual copy has been located. A Tour in Zealand, in the Year 1802 (London, 1805), as mentioned in the title above, however, is a work by Andreas Andersen Feldborg. It is probably significant too that the pseudonym of ‘J. A. Anderson’ was used for Feldborg’s later work, A Dane’s Excursions in Britain (1809), where again incidentally the titles refer to the writer as ‘Author of a Tour in Zealand’. In this light it seems likely that: (a) the pseudonym Andreas Anderson was actually used in the case of Mental Recreations; and (b) the true author (or perhaps more accurately, translator) of the same was Andreas Andersen Feldborg.

1807: 19 DIOGENES [pseud.], THE ROYAL ECLIPSE; OR, DELICATE FACTS EXHIBITING THE SECRET MEMOIRS OF SQUIRE GEORGE AND HIS WIFE. WITH NOTES. According to the review of this work in The Satirist, or, Monthly Meteor, 1 (1 Oct 1807), it was ‘written by the SAME AUTHOR’ (p. 65) as The Infidel Mother (1807: 58), itself attributed on its title-page to (the almost certainly pseudonymous) Charles Sedley. Another review in the same issue of The Satirist of Sedley’s The Barouche Driver and His Wife (1807: 57) also furthers the connection (p. 69), drawing in as well The Royal Investigation; or, Authentic documents containing the official acquittal of H.R.H the P—ss of W—s (1807), ‘by a Serjeant at law’. The publisher of all four publications mentioned here was J. F. Hughes. For further commentary on the larger issues involved, see Addendum 1 to this Update concerning ‘Charles Sedley’.

1808: 9 ANON, MEMOIRS OF FEMALE PHILOSOPHERS, IN TWO VOLUMES. BY A MODERN PHILOSOPHER OF THE OTHER SEX. Advertised in The Morning Chronicle of 19 and 25 Mar 1808 as translated from the German by the Author of Caroline of Lichtfield and Christina [i.e. Jeanne-Isabelle-Pauline Polier de Bottens, Baronne de Montolieu]. Investigations are in process as to whether this item represents a re-translation back, through the French, of Charles Lloyd’s Edmund Oliver (EN1 1798: 42), itself translated into German as Edmund Olliver, Seitenstück zu Rousseaus Heloise (1799–1800).

1808: 91 RATCLIFFE, Eliza, THE MYSTERIOUS BARON, OR THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST, A GOTHIC STORY. For a possible interconnection with Mary Anne Radcliffe, the named (but likewise possibly pseudonymous) author of Manfroné; or, the One-Handed Monk (1809: 61), see Addendum 2 to this Update.

1809: 51 MORRINGTON, J., *THE COTTAGE OF MERLIN VALE. The 1814 Catalogue of Robert Kinnear’s Circulating Library in Edinburgh gives the author’s name as ‘Isabella Morrington’; that of A. K. Newman’s Minerva Library, London, also 1814, offers the fuller title of ‘Fashion’s Fool, or the Cottage of Merlin Vale’. Still, however, no actual copy has been located, to help reconcile the differing secondary evidence.

1810: 24 [?BAYLEY, Catharine], CALEDONIA; OR, THE STRANGER IN SCOTLAND: A NATIONAL TALE. See 1812: 20, below.


1812: 10 ANON, MY OWN TIMES, A NOVEL. The Longmans Commission Ledger entry for this title (1C, p. 601) has ‘Mr Cormack’ at the top right corner of the entry (where author names often appear), and also registers payment to ‘H Cormack’ in the accounts. No likely Cormack writing at this time, however, has been discovered; and alternative possibilities are that this person was the author’s agent or a member of the book trade.

1812: 20 [?BAYLEY, Catharine], A SET-DOWN AT COURT; INCLUDING A SERIES OF ANECDOTES IN HIGH LIFE, AND THE HISTORY OF MONTHEMAR. A NOVEL, FOUNDED ON FACT. The identification of ‘Mrs Bayley’ (given as the author on the 1816 titles of vols. 2 and 3 of the Bodleian copy used for this entry) as Catharine Bayley does not gain further credence from the record of the latter’s appeals to the Royal Literary Fund. A letter of 27 Aug 1814 to the Fund (RLF 9: 317, Item 1) acknowledges only ‘Vacation Evenings and the little Volume abbreviated from the Zadig of Voltaire, entitled by her, Zadig and Astarte, published by Longman & Co Paternoster Row 1809 1810’ as individual publications. In the same letter, Bayley describes herself as ‘the Widow of the late Major Henry Bayley of the Royal Marines’, her lack of a widow’s pension (her husband having died nine years ago on half-pay), and later refers to pieces published by her in periodicals, ‘particularly the European Magazine’. No suggestion is made however of the three chain titles published by ‘Kate Montalbion’ and associable with Mrs Bayley (1810: 24, 25, and the above work). Another letter of appeal to the Fund, dated 12 Nov 1816, again mentions only ‘the Vacation Evenings—now out of print—and my Zadig from Voltaire, which is nearly so’. The same letter goes on to describe how ‘I have been ill many months, and am now so reduced that every garment, every necessary even my Wedding Ring are deposited for the present means of sustenance’ (RLF 9: 317, Item 16). Of course it is quite possible that Bayley did not wish to acknowledge three novels published by two far less salubrious publishers than Longmans, viz. J. F. Hughes and Allen & Co. The apparent reissuing of A Set-Down at Court in 1816 also tallies interestingly with Catharine Bayleys’s last desperate appeal to the Fund in that year.

1812: 47 [?MAXWELL, Caroline], MALCOLM DOUGLAS; OR, THE SIBYLLINE PROPHECY. A ROMANCE. The question mark qualifying the attribution, hitherto based on a title-page attribution, can now be removed in the light of Caroline Maxwell’s appeal to the Royal Literary Fund. In a letter to the Fund dated 12 April 1815, ‘Malcolm Douglas. In 3 Volumes. Printed for Hookhams 15 Old-Bond Street’ is listed as one of seven published works by her (RLF 9: 324, Item 1). The same letter, written on Maxwell’s behalf by another, and naming her at the start as ‘Mrs Maxwell of No 9 Margaret Street Cavendish Square’, describes her as a widow with five children (four of them daughters), one of whom one is now an officer in the Navy and another established as a governess. The letter continues that the bankruptcy of both the person who looked after her funds and of ‘a person by whom she was employed to compose & ornament books for children’ has left her in a state of debt. This letter is docketed at its head ‘£10 given’. The presence of the above title in this letter also further contradicts the Bodleian catalogue dating of [1824?].

1813: 14 COXE, Eliza A., LIBERALITY AND PREJUDICE, A TALE. An association of the present author with the ‘Miss Cox’ written to by Longman & Co in 1821 as the author of several remainderable novels (see Update 1 under this title) now looks considerably less likely. Another contender, for example, could just as well be Frances Clarinda Adeline Cox, the identified author of The Camisard; or, The Protestants of Languedoc (1825: 21), also published by Longmans. The identification of Mrs Alexander Blair as the author of Domestic Scenes (1820: 38; see entry under this title, above) also cancels out any possibility of a connection with the pseudonymous ‘Lady Humdrum’.

1814: 12 BATTERSBY, John. TELL-TALE SOPHAS, AN ECLECTIC FABLE, IN THREE VOLUMES. FOUNDED ON ANECDOTES, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC. The author name John Battersby interestingly echoes that of John Battersby Elrington (see items 1803: 38 and 1804: 71 above); while the salacious nature of the contents is reminiscent of the scandal novels supposedly by Charles Sedley. Characteristic of this latter quality is the conversation involving two fashionable ladies in the first item (‘An Invisible Traveller, or Peep into Bond-Street’): ‘ “Why—the BOOK! Don’t you know, that the P***** is the wickedest fellow that ever breathed; and the dear charming P******* the most virtuous and most injured creature in the whole world […]” ’ (I, 11–12). The text also makes use of the long ellipses, supposedly veiling unmentionable matter, which are a familiar feature of the Sedley novels and associated titles. For further commentary on the larger issues involved, see Addendum 1 to this Update concerning ‘Charles Sedley’.

1818: 50 [?PHILLIPS, John], LIONEL: OR, THE LAST OF THE PEVENSEYS. A NOVEL. The question mark qualifying the attribution, hitherto based on correspondence in the Longman Letter Books, can now be removed in the light of further evidence found in the entry for this title in the Longman Divide Ledger (2D, p. 86), where ‘John Phillips’ is written in the margin after the detailing of a payment to the author.

1819: 6 ANON, THE ENGLISHMAN IN PARIS; A SATIRICAL NOVEL. WITH SKETCHES OF THE MOST REMARKABLE CHARACTERS THAT HAVE RECENTLY VISITED THAT CELEBRATED CAPITAL. Jarndyce CLIV, Item 265, lists as by ‘Brown, Thomas the Elder, pseud.?’, evidently on the basis of half-title adverts there for two other satirical novels attributable to the pseudonymous Brown. In terms of contemporary practice, the original publisher’s apparent ploy to make an association between the titles in our own view does not constitute enough to make an attribution.

1819: 49 MOORE, Mrs Robert, EVELEEN MOUNTJOY; OR, VIEWS OF LIFE. A NOVEL. OCLC (Accession No. 47116197) gives author’s name as Eleanor Moore, perhaps mistakenly. The Longman Divide Ledger (2D, p. 153) has ‘Mrs A. A. Moore, Fletching, near Uckfield, Sussex’ written at top right hand corner above entry for this title. Neither naming seems strong enough to warrant replacing Mrs Robert Moore as found on the title-page.

1820: 32 HEFFORD, John, CRESTYPHON, A THEBAN TALE: AND THE VANDAL ROBBERY, A CATHARGINIAN TALE. OCLC (Accession No. 13323716) attributes to both John Hefford and Mrs A. Yossy. The possibility of an involvement by Ann Yosy or Yossy also gains some support from a letter (signed A Yosy) of 1833 to the Royal Literary Fund: ‘I have subjoined a list of the works which I have published being besides the Switzerland 2 Classic Tales and a novel in four Volumes entitled “Constance and Leopold” […]’ (RLF 16: 534, Item 11). The last work mentioned must be Constancy and Leopold (1818: 62), which in the titles is given as by ‘Madame Yossy, author of Switzerland’. The ‘Switzerland’ thus mentioned is evidently Switzerland […] Interspersed with Historical Anecdotes (2 vols., 1815), the poor returns for which is a subject of complaint in an earlier letter of Yossy’s to RLF headed 24 May 1825 (16: 534, Item 4). As argued in the relevant entries of EN2, the confusion of Yossy’s non-fictional Switzerland with Tales from Switzerland (1822: 12) best explains the almost certainly incorrect attribution of the latter title and its successors to her authorship. Unfortunately the list of titles mentioned in the letter of 1833 to RLF has apparently not survived. The name of John Hefford has not been found in association with any other title of this period, nor has anything positive been discovered about the ‘Commercial College, Woodford’ as given as his domain in the extended title of the present work. One wonders whether the ‘2 Classic Tales’ claimed in 1833 represent this title, possibly written in association with Yossy at an educational establishment. The address given at the head of Yossy’s letter of 24 May 1825, however, is 14 Pultney Terrace, Pentonville.

1820: 40 [JONES, George], SUPREME BON TON: AND BON TON BY PROFESSION. A NOVEL. George Jones is identified as the author of the chain of novels associated with the pseudonymous Leigh Cliffe (see also 1822: 49, 1823: 49, 1829: 49). This sequence of novels in nevertheless claimed by Christian Frederick Wieles in approaches to the Royal Literary Fund. The first letter of appeal, of 13 Nov 1821 and signed Christian F. Wieles, mentions his having ‘published several works exclusive of criticisms and miscellaneous articles for the London Magazine’, and refers to his forwarding of what could be the present work: ‘I presume to send three volumes of a light work which I have published with far more praise than profit’ (RLF 12: 444, Item 1). In another letter of 10 June 1823 Wieles specifically mentions the two subsequent ‘Leigh Cliffe’ titles, both of which list Supreme Bon Ton as a work by the same author on their title-pages: ‘My case is very hard, and I am placed in the most unpleasant circumstances through the conduct of my Publisher, who, for two works—“The Knights of Ritzburg” and “Temptation” has only given me two small Bills of Five pounds each, which have been months overdue and are not yet, even in part, paid’ (12: 444, Item 3). All four novels in the chain are listed by title and date in a later appeal to RLF in 1842 (12: 444, Item 14): the same application also listing the poem Parga (1819). The London addresses given at the head the letters of 1821 and 1823 are, respectively, 32 Frederic Place, Hampstead Road, and 9 Tonbridge Street, Brunswick Square. The 1842 application involves a printed form, on which the applicant describes himself as ‘Christian Frederic Wieles Leigh Cliffe’, his address as 27 S[outh] Howland Street, Fitzroy Square, and his age as 43. On the surface of things this would seem to offer rock-hard evidence for attribution to Wieles rather than Jones. However caution is still needed, arguably, pending an explanation for the name George Jones.

1821: 6 ANON, HAPPINESS; A TALE, FOR THE GRAVE AND THE GAY. This title is advertised as ‘by the author of No Fiction’ [i.e. of 1819: 56, by Andrew Reed] in The Edinburgh Evening Courant on 1 Dec 1821 and 19 Jan 1822. This direct attribution has not however been found in the London newspapers viewed, though the two works are often compared or advertised together there. The most likely explanation is that the Edinburgh paper turned a general association into a more direct connection. Examination of the two works themselves has revealed no striking similarities, though both are in a didactic moral register and have the publisher Francis Westley on their imprints. Granted the success of No Fiction (6 edns. by 1822), it would only be natural for the publishers to try and connect this new work with its popularity.

1822: 49 [JONES, George], THE KNIGHTS OF RITZBERG. A ROMANCE. For evidence that the true author is Christian Frederic Wieles, see 1820: 40 above.

1823: 49 [JONES, George], TEMPTATION. A NOVEL. For evidence that the true author is Christian Frederic Wieles, see 1820: 40 above.

1823: 56 LEWIS, Miss M. G., GWENLLEAN. A TALE. The author’s forenames can be expanded to Mary Gogo, as used in this author’s appeal to the Royal Literary Fund (14: 507). The choice of the initials ‘M. G.’ for this title was possibly motivated by a desire, originating most likely from the publisher, to echo the familiar authorial name of M. G. [‘Monk’] Lewis.

1824: 56 [JONES, Hannah Maria], THE GAMBLERS; OR, THE TREACHEROUS FRIEND: A MORAL TALE, FOUNDED ON RECENT FACTS. A letter from Thomas Byerley to the publisher George Boyd of 11 Aug 1824 contains the following postscript, which raises some questions about the attribution of the above to Hannah Maria Jones: ‘Has Robertson sent you Haynes novel of the Gambler. I read one or two scenes which are admirable & his name stands well in London’ (NLS, MS Accession 5000/191). The two authors called Haynes known to have written fiction at this time are D. F. Haynes, Esq, author of Pierre and Adeline (1814: 30), and Miss C. D. Haynes, author of a number of novels from 1818 on. It is of course possible that Byerley (editor of the Literary Chronicle and assistant editor of the Star newspaper) mistakes the authorship of the present novel. A play called The Gamblers, by H. M. Milner, was also published in 1824.

1824: 68 MOORE, Hannah W., ELLEN RAMSAY. The Longmans Divide Ledger entry (2D, p. 292) for this title shows a number of special copies being sent to ‘Mr Lubé[?]. This might just possibly point to a different authorship of the novel, which if it were the case would mean that Hannah W. More is an eye-catching pseudonym. A Dennis George Lubé was the author of An Analysis of the Principles of Equity Pleading (1823), which by itself does not point to novel writing. It is also noteworthy that Longman & Co themselves were later to complain in a letter to Mr [William?] East of 14 Dec 1827 about defacement of the title-page—presumably of remaindered copies— to ‘cause it to be supposed the said work was written by Mrs Hannah More’ (Letter Books, Longman, I, 202, no. 67A).

1825: 53 [LEWIS, Miss M. G.], Ambition. The author’s forenames can be expanded to Mary Gogo, as used in this author’s appeal to the Royal Literary Fund (14: 507). See also 1823: 56 above.

1826: 11 APPENZELLER, [Johann Konrad], GERTRUDE DE WART; OR, FIDELITY UNTIL DEATH. The entry for this title in the Longman Commission Ledger (3C, p 143) has written in the top right corner: ‘Revd. W. H. Vivians, 2 Hans Place’. This might signify that Vivians was the translator, and this work is listed under his name in the Index to the Archives of the House of Longman, compiled by Allison Ingram (Cambridge: Chadwyck--Healey Ltd, 1981). John Henry Vivian [sic] (1785–1855) was the author of Extracts of Notes taken in the Course of a Tour […] of Europe […] 1814 and 1815, published by Longman & Co, 1822.

1827: 10 ANON, STORIES OF CHIVALRY AND ROMANCE. Longman Commission Ledger entry for this title (3C, p. 217) has ‘Mr Davis, 7 Throgmorton St’ written at top right hand corner, perhaps providing a clue to the authorship. No suitable ‘Davis’ writing at this period has been discovered, however, and the name could feasibly be that of a literary agent or banker.

1827: 51 [?MAGINN, William], THE MILITARY SKETCH-BOOK. REMINISCENCES OF SEVENTEEN YEARS IN THE SERVICE ABROAD AND AT HOME. BY AN OFFICER OF THE LINE. Update 1 provides evidence of use of the pen name ‘Officer of the Line’ by a presumably Irish author other than William Maginn (1793–1842). A more recent report has suggested that the true author of Tales of Military Life (1829: 58), the follow-up to this title, is Daniel Wentworth Maginn, a military surgeon. Further investigations are being made.

1828: 1 ANON, DE BEAUVOIR; OR, SECOND LOVE. Update 3 has cited- a letter of George Croly’s identifying the author as a female acquaintance: ‘A lady, the widow of an officer, & friend of mine, has just published a novel, De Beauvoir. Or Second Love […]’ (to William Blackwood, 21 Jan 1828: NLS, MS 4021, fol. 126). A possible identification of that lady/widow can be now claimed on the basis of the entry for this title in the Longman Divide Ledger (2D, p. 46), where ‘Mrs Foote 45 Sloane St’ is written at the top right corner. This in turn might lead possibly to Maria Foote (1797?–1867), the celebrated actress; though, if this is the case, Croly’s description of her as a widow was more decorous than accurate. OCLC (Accession No. 47870384) interestingly describes a pamphlet-sized Amatory Proceedings of a Well-known Sporting Colonel with Miss Foote, and numerous ladies of all descriptions (1830), possibly removed from Amatory Biography, or Lives of the Seductive Characters of both Sexes of the Present Day.

1828: 38 [?DEALE, … or ?LUTTRELL, Henry], LIFE IN THE WEST; OR, THE CURTAIN DRAWN. A NOVEL. The argument for Henry Luttrell’s authorship, as found in Wolff, stems from Craven Derby, or the Lordship by Tenure (1832), which carries on its title-page ‘by the author of Crockford’s: or, Life in the West’, and is ascribed to Henry Luttrell (as an alternative to ‘—— Deale’) in H&L. It is worth considering, however, whether the ascription of Craven Derby is itself flawed, as a result of a confusion with Crockford-house; a rhapsody in two cantos (1827), which is more positively identifiable as by Henry Luttrell (1765?–1851). It may also be worth noting that OCLC (Accession 20312659) attributes Life in the West to ‘Deale, Mr.’.

1828: 70 [?SCARGILL, William Pitt], PENELOPE: OR, LOVE’S LABOUR LOST. A NOVEL. Updates 1 and 3 discuss this title within the context of the problematical issue of Scargill’s overall output. It is perhaps worth noting in addition that Henry Crabb Robinson evidently had no doubts about this particular title, as well as an impeccable source in the author himself: ‘Read today the first volume of Scargill’s Penelope—a dull but clever novel. Scargill says it has been praised by Lamb’: Henry Crabb Robinson on Books and their Writers, ed. by Edith J. Morley (London: Dent, 1938), I, 358.

1829: 49 [JONES, George], MARGARET CORYTON. For evidence that the true author is Christian Frederic Wieles, see 1820: 40 above.

1829: 58 [?MAGINN, William], TALES OF MILITARY LIFE. BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE MILITARY SKETCH BOOK.” See 1827: 51, above, for a new suggestion that the true author of this work is actually Daniel Wentworth Maginn, a military surgeon.

C: New Titles for Inclusion

WOODHOUSE, Thomas Rhodes.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815.
3 vols. 12mo.
CtY In.W8585.815T [not seen]; xNSTC.
Notes. An account, apparently for this title, is found in the Longman Commission Ledger (2C, p. 291), positioned after an account for Henrietta Rhodes’ Rosalie; or, the Castle of Montalabretti (1811: 68). The present title bears a strong resemblance to Vileroy; or, the Horrors of Zindorf Castle (1842), though this is normally attributed to Elizabeth Caroline Grey.

BOYD, Arabella.
Belfast: Printed by F. D. Finlay, 1818.
2 vols.
Linen Hall Library, Belfast BPB1818.15 [not seen]; xNSTC.
Notes. Might possibly be a juvenile work, though use of ‘Novel’ in title and 2-vol. size point to adult fiction.

London: Geo. Corvie & Co.; Dublin, John Cumming, 1823.
1 vol. 8vo.
[not seen] ; xNSTC.
Notes. Information above courtesy of Rolf Loeber. Summers (p. 384) lists ‘Legend of Moilera [sic], The. A Tale. Minerva-Press, Newman. [1812]’; but this title is not in Blakey.
Further edn: London, A. K. Newman, 1828: this recently featured in Jarndyce CLVI (Item 371). Jarndyce commentary speculates whether National Library of Ireland’s catalogue description of a Newman ‘1823’ edn. (Ir.82379.13) contains a misprint for 1828.

D: Titles Previously not Located for Which Holding Libraries
Have Subsequently Been Discovered

Nothing new to report for this section.

E: New Information Relating to Existing Title Entries

1802: 8 ANON, *THE MYSTERIES OF ABRUZZO, by the author of the child of doubt, &c. Title as conjectured derives from Corvey 2nd edn. 1802. Catalologue (1808) of Richards’s Circulating Library nevertheless lists ‘Parental Turpitude, or the Mysteries of Abruzzo’. This is matched by ECB 432, which has: ‘Parental turpitude; or the Mysteries of Abruzzo. 12mo, 3s, Treppas, Aug. 1801.’ This might then represent the 1st edn. and original title of present work, though it is worth noting that the ECB pricing points to a smaller production than 1802: 8.

1803: 11 ANON, NOTHING NEW, A NOVEL; IN WHICH IS DRAWN CHARACTERISTIC SKETCHES FROM MODERN AND FASHIONABLE LIFE. OCLC (Accession No. 52903117) describes the following: Nothing New! or, Louisa, the Orphan of Lennox Abbey: a Novel (London, J. Barfield, 3 vols., 1803). It should be noted that 1803: 11, with its different sub-title, bears the printer’s mark of J. Barfield. There is a strong likelihood that this and the present title are variant issues of the same novel as published in 1803. This in turn reinforces the view that Louisa; or, the Orphan of Lenox Abbey (1807: 1) is a reissue, in which case ideally it should not have been given a separate entry.

1807: 1 ANON, *LOUISA; OR, THE ORPHAN OF LENOX ABBEY. See 1803: 11 above for further evidence that this represents a reissue.

1817: 3 ANON, HARDENBRASS AND HAVERILL; OR, THE SECRET OF THE CASTLE, A NOVEL. The presence of an entry for this title in the Longman Commission Ledger (2C, p. 23), accounting for 500 copies, would seem to point to at least a share by that firm in the publication. All secondary sources seen, however, reinforce the Sherwood, Neely, and Jones imprint described in the existing entry.

Appendix F: 4 DARLING, P[eter] M[iddleton], PATERNAL LOVE; OR, THE REWARD OF FRIENDSHIP. This title is listed in the Monthly Review, 76 (Jan 1815), p. 102. The format is given as 12mo (no pagination given), and the price at 6s sewed, the imprint being Gale & Co. 1814. The short notice reads: ‘The heroine of this tale is a young lady of Norway, attired in a gypsey straw-bonnet, who refreshes herself after sultry days by taking evening walks along “the winding shores of the Atlantic ocean.” No peculiarities of climate, language, or manners, are regarded, and the most common rules of grammar are repeatedly violated, in this defective performance.’ This new evidence strengthens the claim for this work to be included in the main listings, though some uncertainty about its length and whether or not a juvenile audience is targeted remain.

F: Further Editions Previously not Noted

Information secured after Update 3, chiefly as a result of a full search through OCLC World-Cat, has been incorporated in our online website British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception (forthcoming, October 2004).

Addendum 1: Charles Sedley

Jacqueline Belanger and Peter Garside

‘Charles Sedley [pseud.?]’ is credited with the authorship of six titles in volume 2 of the English Novel, 1770–1829. Four of these bore the name of Charles Sedley on the title-page: The Barouche Driver and his Wife: A Tale for Haut Ton (1807: 57); The Infidel Mother; or, Three Winters in London (1807: 58); The Faro Table; or, the Gambling Mothers (1808: 97); and A Winter in Dublin: A Descriptive Tale (1808: 98). A fifth title (evidently the last in the series), Asmodeus; or, the Devil in London (1808: 96), effectively identifies Sedley through title-page attribution to ‘the Author of “The Faro Table,” “A Winter in Dublin”, &c. &c. &c.’; while a sixth (and probably the first), The Mask of Fashion; A Plain Tale (1807: 59), though sometimes given to Thomas Skinner Surr, is mentioned as a work of Sedley’s on the titles of The Winter in Dublin and The Infidel Mother.

     All six titles were published by James Fletcher Hughes, then tilting his output away from lurid Lewisian Gothic ‘horror’ novels towards a peculiarly acerbic kind of topical ‘scandal’ fiction: see Peter Garside, ‘J. F. Hughes and the Publication of Popular Fiction, 1803–1810, The Library, 6th ser. 9.3 (September 1987), 240–58. All six ‘Sedley’ titles featured a dated preface or dedication, indicative of a fashionably mobile person: The Mask of Fashion, London, November 1806; The Infidel Mother, London, March 1807; The Barouche Driver and His Wife, Brighton Cliffs, 19 July 1807; A Winter in Dublin, Ramsgate, 17 October, 1807; Asmodeus, London, April 1808. Two are dedicated to aristocratic figures: The Mask of Fashion to the Duchess of St Albans; and The Barouche Driver to the Earl and Countess of Jersey. As a whole, a strong sense of a palpable originating author is given in the preliminaries (the BL copy of the Barouche Driver actually has an inscription ‘From the Author’ on the half-title to vol. 1). When assailed on the score of slander in A Winter in Dublin, J. F. Hughes (according to a ‘Postcript’ [sic] by him in The Faro Table) denied the existence of any real author named Sedley: ‘I informed him that Charles Sedley was a fictitious person’ (ii, 182). Hughes’s own presence tends to be increasingly invasive in the later titles.

     Who then might have been Sedley? Though the majority of modern catalogues list it without indicating pseudonymity, the name most probably derives from the Restoration rake, Sir Charles Sedley (1639–1701; and who, in OCLC, is listed as author of these novels!). Sedley was also commonly used as a name for licentitious characters in contemporary fiction. For instance, Frances Burney’s Sir Sedley Clarendel in Camilla (1796), or Isaac D’Israeli’s Sedley in Vaurien (1797), whose ‘life was a system of refined Epicurism’ (II, 58). Research carried out in CEIR during the last three years, especially by Jacqueline Belanger, has brought us tantalisingly close to identifying a true author, though in the final count the sheer complexities of the evidence discovered has made it necessary to withdraw from positive identification. The remainder of this report concentrates on three possible contenders for the dubious credit of authorship.

i) John Battersby Elrington
The name of John Battersby Elrington features on the title-pages of two works of fiction in the early 1800s, each time as translator. The first of these is Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin’s Russian Tales (1803: 38), the second is Christoph Martin Wieland’s Confessions in Elysium (1804: 71). On the surface of things, these two foreign works (both probably translated from German) look unlikely sources. Rather surprisingly, however, each contains prefatory material reminiscent in some respects of the Sedley preliminaries. In Russian Tales an unpaginated address ‘To My Friends’, signed ‘J. B. E. Borough Oct 10, 1803’, figures the translator as ‘but a Gentleman in Prison, labouring for Bread. It is a trifle […] without merit; […] a mere essay in Famine’. Another such statement, ‘To the World’, also contains just a hint (albeit metaphorically) of the voluptuary mode that was to become one of Sedley’s trademarks: ‘I have attempted to dress a Foreign Beauty in an English Costume; and, while the simplicity of Nature, and the sensibilities of the heart, are objects of admiration, I have every thing to hope—nothing to apprehend.’

     Confessions in Elysium, for its part, includes a dedication ‘to His Royal Highness Prince William Frederick of Glocester [sic]’, signed ‘I. B. Elrington, London, March 1st, 1804’. It also contains its own address ‘To the World’, where again one senses an inclination towards voluptuary language, as well as a penchant for extended ellipses, suggestive of either breathless wonder and/or unmentionable material; this last address is signed ‘I. B. E., London, March 1st 1804’. In this instance, such intimations are fully realised, in a species of erotic description that may or may not derive from Wieland: ‘She [an “amorous Priestess”] half reclined upon a sopha magnificently embroidered […] and richly spangled with pearls and variegated precious stones … There was an easy negligence in her dress’ (II, 155). It is also worth noting the similarity between Elrington’s full name and that of ‘John Battersby’, the named author of Tell-Tale Sophas: an Eclectic Fable (1814: 12), which is filled with similar descriptions along with the more domestic scandal materials associated with Sedley. Perhaps significantly the printer of Tell-Tale Sophas is D. N. Shury, J. F. Hughes’s most commonly used printer (there is a possibility of a later issue of sheets which had fallen victim of Hughes’s collapse in 1809/10).

     A series of strong intimations that Elrington was the concealed author of the ‘Sedley’ titles have been discovered in The Satirist, or, Monthly Meteor, a periodical (founded in 1807) deeply involved in the scandals surrounding the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Duke of York, c. 1807–9. In a series of review articles attacking Sedley with all-out vigour, this magazine all but spelled out what in completed form is surely meant to be Elrington. For instance, in its review of The Infidel Mother: ‘[…] the cloven foot of E——n stares the reader full in the face throughout this Infidel Mother: which, to conclude, is one of the most disgusting farragoes of absurdity ever put together’ (vol. 1, 1 November 1807, p. 185). Likewise, aprops Asmodeus: ‘When we contemplate the present piteous condition of the wretched Charles Sedley, alias E——n, we cannot repress that species of compassion which a humane judge would feel at the sight of a criminal, whom he had sentenced, expiring on the rack’ (vol. 2, 1 June 1808, p. 438). In other articles, The Satirist uncovered what it took to be the same authorship of two works dealing more directly with the topical royal scandals (see under 1807: 19 in Update 4 above). Lastly, in alluding to a civil action for damages in which its publisher was the defendant, The Satirist at the onset of a feature titled ‘The Satirist and Pickpockets’ spelled out the name in full: ‘The SATIRIST having excited the wrath of Messrs. Finnerty, Hague, Ellrington, alias Charles Sedley, Esquire, Cobbett, and the whole fraternity of pickpockets […]’ (vol. 4, 1 January 1809, p. 1).

     This might all seem conclusive evidence, were it not for the fact that it has not so far been possible to verify the existence of a real John Battersby Elrington. Perhaps significant, too, is The Satirist’s apparent uncertainty at one point as to whether Elrington is itself a pseudonym.

ii) Andreas Andersen Feldborg (1782–1838)
This Danish writer would make the most unlikely of candidates, were it not for a bibliographical mystery surrounding the English translation of Karamzin’s Tales. As described in Update 4 (see under 1803: 38), the 1804 reissue of this work lacks any mention of Elrington in the title or preliminaries, while the latter strongly suggest the very different persona of a Danish translator (while at the same time in procedure strangely paralleling the Elrington preliminaries). This time the dedication (dated ‘London, 5th Nov. 1803’ and signed ‘The Translator’) is to the Danish Ambassador. The ‘Translator’s Preface’ then alludes to previous work on Karamzin’s Travels (1803), for the accomplishment of which he expresses gratitude to ‘her royal Highness the Duchess of York’ (p. v). Correspondence in the Murray archives (see Update 4) also points to the translation of both Karamzin’s Tales and Travels by the same Dane, who, even without this kind of support, seems a more likely translator of foreign literature than Elrington. One noticeable typographical feature of the main sheets, which are identical in both issues, is the use of a succession of a dots, in the form of extended ellipses, to indicate pauses etc.

     According the Dansk Biografisk Lexicon (Copenhagen, 1887–1905), Feldborg (who is described as a ‘literary vagabond’) came to England in 1802, wrote on the English naval victory over the Danes, translated materials, and returned to Denmark in 1810. There is also evidence that he dabbled at least once more in fiction. For evidence indicating that Mental Recreations. Four Danish and German Tales, apparently written as by ‘Andreas Anderson’, was his work, see Update 4, under 1805: 15. Feldborg’s departure from Britain near the end of the decade also matches with evidence within another of his productions, A Dane’s Excursions in Britain (1809), written under the half-pseudonym of J. A. Andersen. In this the publisher explains the abrupt ending as follows, in an end statement dated 25 August 1809: ‘Here end the “Excursions” of the Dane.—Mr. Andersen, the Author of a Tour in Zealand, the Translator of the Great and Good Danes, Norwegians, and Holsteinians, and the writer of the present volumes, has suspended his task, and made, as the Publisher must think, an excursion from Britain!’ (II, 121) Though the samplings are small, one cannot help noticing an air of amazement in statements concerning Feldborg, as if a kind of rather outrageous person was involved.

     One possibility from the above is that Elrington (and so Sedley) was yet another pseudonym of Feldborg’s, though, if so, it hard to believe that a foreign incomer could have such a grasp of domestic scandal. Another is that Feldborg and Elrington were involved in some kind of strange collaboration, momentarily visible through the two issues of Karamzin’s Tales. It would be useful to compare the hand written inscriptions that are to be found in the British Library copies of the 1803-issued Karamzin Tales (BL 12591.h.21) and The Barouche Driver (BL 12613.g.14), to see if there is any similarity in hand. (The inscription in the 1803 Tales reads: ‘To Doctor William Tenant, This little volume, is, most respectfully, presented by the translator’.)

iii) Davenport Sedley
The activities of such an actual person, indexed there as ‘blackmailer and extortionist’, are described in Iain McCalman’s Radical Underworld: Prophets, Revolutionaries and Pornographers in London, 1795–1840 (Cambridge, 1988; Oxford: Clarendon Press edn., 1993). By McCalman’s account: ‘Sedley had a vulture’s instinct for corruption, and the Regent’s vendetta against Princess Caroline, as well as the Duke of York’s indiscretions with Mary Anne Clarke, provided him with especially rich pickings. His technique was to furnish victims with a title page and extracts from a projected book containing what he typically described as “extreamly unpleasant matter”. He would then offer to have the embarrassing material suppressed or expurgated for a price’ (pp. 35–6). According to McCalman, there is evidence that Sedley had United Irish affiliations, and that ‘he had been sent in May 1799 from Dublin gaol to England on a warrant for swindling and embezzlement’ (p. 36). (It is worth noting here that the name Elrington itself has strong Irish connotations—there was, for example, an Irish Bishop Elrington, Provost of Trinity College, Dublin—and the surname might just possibly have been adopted by Davenport Sedley as a nom de guerre). Considering the gravitational pull of the main Sedley scandal novels, it is also interesting find that Davenport Sedley appears to have gained access to ‘The Book’, concerning the ‘Delicate Investigation’ of Princess Caroline, no doubt making hay from this out of the establishment’s desire for its suppression (see p. 42). It is just feasible, then, that the Sedley part of Charles Sedley was a true name, and that J. F. Hughes’s output was more fully involved in extortion than has been realised. If so, Hughes was clearly telling at least a half-lie when claiming Sedley was a fictitious person. Granted the large body of scandal included, furthermore, it would also seem that any attempts to gain payment for suppression of materials were by no means always successful!

The six Sedley novels reflect so much the surreptitious world of scandal-mongering at this period as well as the underhand activities of a still largely unregularised book trade that it is highly possible the mystery of Sedley’s true identity will never be solved. Other possibilities exist as well as the options listed above. One is that, in spite of the projection of such a distinct author identity, these texts were put together from a variety of sources, representing in some respects a kind of pastiche. It has been discovered, for example, that a whole sequence in The Faro Table (see 3rd edn., I, 105–10), feeds on an account supposedly given by a ‘Femme de Chambre’ in an early issue of The Pic Nic (vol. 1, no. 6, Saturday, 12 February, 1803, pp. 203–8), a periodical run by a number of individuals active on the less respectable margins of London theatre life and published by J. F. Hughes. In the light of his increasing invasiveness in the later Sedley titles, it is also tempting to think that Hughes himself had a hand in creating and/or assembling materials. Certainly his own disappearance as a publisher, probably from inescapable bankruptcy, presently offers as good a reason as any for the disappearance of ‘Charles Sedley’.

Addendum 2: Mary Anne Radcliffe / Louisa Bellenden Ker

Peter Garside,
with Sharon Ragaz, Jacqueline Belanger, and Anthony Mandal

Two items in the second volume of The English Novel, 1770–1829 are attributed in the author-line to either ?Radcliffe, Mary Anne or ?KER, Louisa Theresa Bellenden. These are: Manfroné; or, the One-Handed Monk (1809: 61) and Ida of Austria; or the Knights of the Holy Cross (1812: 53). The attribution of Manfroné to Radcliffe stems directly from its title-page, which states ‘by Mary Anne Radcliffe’, and in the main is followed in modern catalogues and critical studies, this work still being well known, buoyed up by a combination of its arresting title and the continuing academic appetite for the Gothic. By comparison hardly anything is known about Ida of Austria, and it is not unlikely that the Corvey copy which provides the EN2 entry is unique. The connection with Radcliffe in this case comes indirectly as a result of the title-page, which states ‘by the author of “Manfrone” ’. The name of Louisa Bellenden Ker, in turn, comes into play only as a result of the record of her appeals to the Royal Literary Fund. Three appeals from Ker there (RLF, 11: 400, Items 6, 10, 11), written between 1822 and 1824, list ‘Manfroné or the One handed Monk’ as one of several works by the applicant, this particular title coming first in the list on each occasion. No mention is made of Ida of Austria there, however, so the association of Ker with this second novel is arrived at through the most tenuous of links.

     As reported in Update 1, the issue is further complicated by the title-page attribution of the 1819 second edition of Manfroné, as reprinted by A. K. Newman, to ‘Mary Anne Radcliffe, Author of The Mysterious Baron, &c. &c.’ In actuality, The Mysterious Baron, or the Castle in the Forest, a Gothic Story (1808: 91), which was published by C. Chapple, is attributed on its own title-page to ‘Eliza Ratcliffe’, the dedication of this work (‘to Miss Mary Ann Davies, of Fleet-Street’) introducing it as ‘the first essay of a female pen’. One possibility is that Newman later confused the two similar sounding names. Certainly on reading the texts there appears to be little similarity between the rather naïve-seeming Walpolian romance style of The Mysterious Baron and the more fraught high Gothic manner of Manfroné. Behind this, of course, lies the similarity of both names to Ann Radcliffe, the high priestess of Gothic romance, and the possibility that either or both were fabrications based on a desire to cash in on the latter’s fame.

     Despite a number of forays into the issue of attribution, it has not been possible to offer any fresh positive suggestions, and if anything the claims of both Mary Anne Radcliffe and Louisa Bellenden Ker have diminished, for reasons outlined below.

i) Mary Anne Radcliffe
There can hardly be any doubt as to the existence of a real-life Mary Anne Radcliffe writing at this time, nor that she is the author (as given on both titles-pages) of The Female Advocate; or An Attempt to Recover the Rights of Woman from Male Usurpation (London: Vernor and Hood, 1799) and of The Memoirs of Mrs Mary Ann Radcliffe; in Familiar Letters to a Female Friend (Edinburgh: Printed for the Author, and sold by Manners & Miller [etc.], 1810). According to the address ‘To the Reader’ in The Female Advocate, this Wollstonecraftian study was written seven years, prior to publication, but delayed through ‘timidity’ and ‘other hinderances’. The later Memoirs also states that the original intention was to publish the Female Advocate anonymously: ‘But the publisher (who at that time took a share in it) […] strongly recommended giving my name to it. Whether, with a view to extend the sale, from the same name at that period standing high amongst the novel readers—or from whatever other motive, is best known to himself’ (p. 387). As this last comment indicates, there is a clear interconnection between these two non-fictional works, the second of which offers an account (‘after a life of more than three-score years’) of an insecure Scottish upbringing, complicated religious loyalties, early marriage to an older and unreliable husband, struggles to survive independently with her children in London during the 1790s, and a return to live in Edinbugh c. 1807, where charitable assistance was sought (part of the process involving the present work, which lists 99 ‘Subscribers Names’, a number from the higher echelons of Scottish society).

     The spectre of uncertainty, however, enters into the equation with the fictional works that have been ascribed (or are ascribable) to Mary Anne Radcliffe, which can be seen as forming three distinct phases. Foremost here are two 1790 novels published by William Lane at the Minerva Press, both of which are given under her name in the second volume of The English Novel, 1770–1829, though neither supplies an author on the title-page: The Fate of Velina de Guidova (EN1 1790: 62) and Radzivil. A Romance (1790: 63). Granted that the memoirist Mary Anne Radcliffe [henceforth MAR] was in London at this time, struggling to survive independently, it is not implausible that she should undertake work for Minerva as a means of supplementing income. It should be added though that neither work gives a strong sense of an underlying author identity; and Radzivil in particular, ostensibly (at least) ‘from the Russ[ian] of the Celebrated M. Wocklow’, has several marks of being a fairly routine translation possibly from the French. The second phase of writing associated with MAR, Radcliffe’s New Novelist’s Pocket Magazine (a compilation of chapbook stories) has not been seen, but is described by Donald K. Adams as bearing the legend ‘The whole written, adjusted and compiled solely for this Work, By Mrs. Mary Anne Radclife, of Wimbledon in Surrey’: ‘The Second Mrs. Radcliffe’, The Mystery and Detection Annual (1972), pp. 48–64 (p. 53). By Adams’s account also, the first number was published in Edinburgh by Thomas Brown (though printed in London), both surviving issues are dated 1802, and amongst Gothic materials can be found in the second issue ‘Monkish Mysteries; or, The Miraculous Escape’. The last ‘phase’ of involvement is then found with the eye-catching Manfroné; or, the One-Handed Monk, whose contents might seem to match the out-and-out Lewisian Gothic implied by the title ‘Monkish Mysteries’. This last ‘phase’ is now extendable to Ida of Austria, though this historical romance set in the time of the Crusades has little of the Gothic in it, and in fact shows internal signs of possibly being a translation from a root German title.

     The large resulting question as to whether it is possible to combine the MAR of the two non-fictional works with the fiction writer of all or some of phases 1–3 has never met with a fully positive answer. Even Donald K. Adams, who makes the fullest case for combination, qualifies his argument with hedging phrases at key points. Janet Todd’s A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers, 1660–1800 (1984) , noticeably provides two entries, one for the ‘polemical writer and autobiographer’ (1745?–1810?), the other for the ‘novelist’ (fl. 1790?–1809). Joanne Shattock in her The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers (1993) and The Feminist Companion to Literature in English (1990), ed. by Blain, Grundy, and Clements, both supply single entries, though with inbuilt qualifications regarding the novels involved. Isobel Grundy, author of the Feminist Companion entry (which also raises the possibility of Ker), has subsequently expressed the opinion to the present writer that any real connection of the novels with the memoirist is unlikely, and that the probable cause is a publishers’ scam.

     With this in view, it is worth reviewing the history of the attribution of the ‘phase one’ novels, especially as found in contemporary circulating library catalogues. In Part Two [1798] of A Catalogue of the Minerva General Library, held in the Bodleian Library (Don.e.218), ‘Velina de Guidova (the Fate of)’ is listed as ‘by Mrs. Radcliffe’, in a way exactly comparable to ‘Sicilian Romance, a Tale’ on the preceding page. ‘Radzivil, a Romance’, however, is merely stated as being ‘from the Russian of Mr. Wocklow’. In the 1814 Catalogue (Don.e.217) of the same library under A. K. Newman, on the other hand, we find ‘Radzivil, a Romance, from the Russian of Wocklow, by Mrs. Ann Radcliffe’, and ‘Velina de Guidova, a Novel, by the Author of the Romance of the Forest’. In other words, Radzivil between 1798 and 1814 has been attributed to Ann Radcliffe, whereas Velina de Guidova has remained consistently as by her, though the means of signifying this has changed. Reinforcing the joint attribution is the appearance of both titles again in the 1814 Catalogue under the prefix ‘Radcliffe’s (Mrs.)’, though it is also interesting to see placed there as well (along with the main Ann Radcliffe titles) both ‘Manfrone, or the One-handed Monk’ and ‘Mysterious Baron, or the Castle in the Forest’. Manfroné also has its own separate entry there as ‘Manfrone or the One-handed Monk, by Mrs. Radcliffe’. The now extremely rare Ida of Austria is likewise listed individually, but without any author being nominated. All in all no reference is made in either of these catalogues to Mary Anne Radcliffe as such. The assumption that Radzivil and Velina de Guidova are ‘probably by Mrs. Mary Ann Radcliffe’, made by Dorothy Blakey under the entries for those titles in her The Minerva Press 1790–1820 (1939), pp. 150–1, and which evidently informed later attributions of these works to that author, appears to be based primarily on her own conjecture. In some fifty circulating library catalogues surveyed, no instance of an attribution to Mary Anne Radcliffe as such has been discovered in relation to this phase.

     There are also strong circumstantial reasons rejecting the idea that the memoirist MAR had any connection Manfroné (1809), the most obvious explanation for the appearance of her name in the titles of that novel being that it is a pseudonym. Whereas (as already suggested) it would not be implausible for MAR when in London to earn money writing for Minerva, by 1809 she was quite obviously domiciled in Edinburgh, and the placing of this work with J. F. Hughes in London would have been hard to accomplish from such a base. Nor would one expect an author seeking social acceptance, and employing the eminently respectable Manners and Miller for her Memoirs, to have had dealings with a publisher operating at the lower end of the fiction market. Conversely, there are number of reasons why Hughes should have enticed or bullied one of his stable of authors into featuring as Mary Anne Radcliffe. It was Hughes who in the same imprint year brought out Seraphina; or A Winter in Town (1809: 14), ‘by Caroline Burney’, evidently hoping to cash in on the genuine trademark names of Frances Burney and her half-sister Sarah Harriet Burney (Hughes’s lists for 1809–10 also contained titles by ‘Mrs Edgeworth’). In the ‘Advertisement’ to Sarah Harriet Burney’s Traits of Nature (1812: 24), Henry Colburn implicitly dissociated himself from Hughes’s malpractice: ‘The publisher of this Work thinks it proper to state that Miss Burney is not the Author of a Novel called “Seraphina,” published in the year 1809, under the assumed name of Caroline Burney.’

     The stamp of J. F. Hughes is also to be traced in titles as well as author names. According to the testimony of its author, T. J. Horsley Curties, it was probably Hughes who fabricated the actual title of The Monk of Udolpho (1807: 16), which managed to combine two of the most talismanic word in the Gothic canon. Whereas Hughes’s main stock in trade had hitherto been in Monk-like Lewisian Gothic, in 1809, as Rictor Norton has reminded us, Ann Radcliffe’s name was very much in the public eye, owing to reports of her madness and/or death: see Mistress of Udolpho: The Life of Ann Radcliffe (London and New York: Leicester University Press, 1999), pp. 212–18. Approached from the vantage point of Hughes’s production of popular fiction, both the arresting title and association-filled author name of Manfroné have an air of predictability about them.

     One useful pointer to how contemporary witnesses, and more particularly rival authors, might have felt has been found in A Winter in Edinburgh (1810: 74), published by J. Dick, and attributed on its title-page to Honoria Scott (which may or may not be a pseudonym for Susan Fraser). Matching a real-life incident in which Hughes had attempted to introduce a ‘spoiler’ Winter at Bath on the market (see notes to 1807: 7), one of the characters proposes bringing out a novel entitled ‘A Winter in Wales’, only to find the same title to be advertised by:

Mr. Wigless [the sobriquet is based on Wigmore Steet, Hughes’s address], a bookseller, certainly of celebrity; for, under his guidance, the literary bantlings of the Miss Muffins were ushered into the world as follows;
‘The Horrors of the Church-Yard; by Mrs Radcliff.’
‘Euphrosyne in Frocks, by Miss Burney.’ (III, 196–7)

     If indeed (as seems likely) the author name in Manfroné is an invention aimed at producing an association with Ann Radcliffe, then records of circulating library catalogues point to the overall success of the ploy, no less than five out of eleven catalogues recently surveyed attributing the work to ‘Mrs. Radcliffe’ rather than the specific name actually given. In fact, the pull of Ann Radcliffe’s fame seems to represent the one single element unifying the three ‘phases’ outlined above. However, it is perhaps not inconceivable that the compiler of Radcliffe’s New Novelist’s Pocket Magazine and whoever wrote Manfroné are one and the same person. As for ‘Eliza Ratcliffe’ of The Mysterious Baron, on internal evidence she would appear more likely to have had a hand in Ida of Austria rather than Manfroné, though the reality might be that there is no true linkage between any of these three titles.

ii) Louisa Bellenden Ker
Normally in a case such as that of Manfroné, a claim of authorship in an appeal to the Royal Literary Fund would provide a welcome solution, with the prospect of further fresh attributions following in suit. In the case of Ker (whose earlier letters to the Fund are signed variously Louisa Bellenden Ker, Louisa Theresa Ker, and Louisa Ker) the end result is more obfuscation rather than clarification. In all Ker made eleven applications for assistance from 1819 to 1836, sending lists of her publications on at least three separate occasions.

     In the first of these applications, dated 26 October 1819 (RLF 11: 400, Item 1), it is noticeable that Ker makes no mention of Manfroné, in spite of its having been first published in 1809 and reprinted by Newman in 1819. Instead she refers only to ‘a small volume of Tales from the French of Bernadin St Pierre’, for which a publisher could not be found, and translations of two French plays, ‘Bermicide or the Fatal Offspring’ and ‘the Brazen Bust’, for which, though performed at Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres respectively, she had not received due credit. The bulk of this letter is taken up in outlining her personal credentials, as ‘the only surviving daughter of the late Dr Lewis Ker of the College of Physicians’, dashed expectations of becoming ‘the heiress of the noble family whose name I bear’, and parlous situation after the death of her mother. The names of ‘Mr Chapple, Circulating Library, Pall Mall’ and ‘Mr Woodfall, Printer to the College, Dean’s Yard, Westminster’ are given as suitable additional referees, and Ker’s address in this letter is given as 3 Britannia- Street, Westminster Road, Lambeth. In 1822 she made her second application, this time adding a list, having been informed that the first donation had been approved on the merits of her father. This list (Item 6) gives the following ‘published novels and dramas’:

Manfroné or the One handed Monk
Aurora of the Mysterious Beauty
Koningsmark a tale
Herman and Rosa small pamphlet
Abdallah & Zaida melo drama from the French, from which the piece Bermicide performed successfully at Drury Lane Theatre was taken
Brazen Bust performed at Covent Garden
Lewis & Antoinette a local piece performed in Bath & Dublin
The Swiss Emigrants a tale
and several [other] dramatick pieces […]

     This application is supported by P. Boulanger, who affirms his knowledge of ‘the Brazen Bust and several other applauded dramatick pieces’, but mentions nothing else. Further listings are supplied in relation to applications in April and November 1824. The first (Item 10) brings into play ‘Dangerous Connections translation 3 vol.’ and ‘Indian Cottage d[itt]o from St Pierre’, as well as three extra plays performed ‘at Covent Garden and the Cobourg Theatres’ (one of which is ‘Ruins of Babylon’). The second (Item 11), a cut-down version, still features ‘Manfroné’, while adding ‘Theodore or the Child of the Forest Romance in four volumes’. This last list is introduced by the qualification that ‘most […] are now out of print, and others have never been published’. No mention is made at any point of The Mysterious Baron.

     On the surface of things, it is quite feasible that Ker delayed claiming novels (with their less salubrious reputation) until forced to by the Committee’s regulations. A major problem nevertheless exists with the titles eventually supplied, not least since several are attributable to other writers. Aurora, or the Mysterious Beauty (1803: 29), for instance, based on the Aurora, ou l’amant mystérieuse (1802) of J.-J.-M. Duperche, is described on its title-page as ‘Taken from the French. By Camilla Dufour’. Dufour herself was a popular singer at Drury Lane, and married to J. H. Sarratt, who himself is the acknowledged translator of a chapbook version of Koenigsmark, from the German of Raspe, another title listed by Ker. The Swiss Emigrants: A Tale (1804: 52) was almost certainly by the Scottish author Hugh Murray: in fact, the Longman Divide Ledger entry for this title (CD, p. 178) itemises payment of £10 to ‘Mr Murray’. Perhaps significantly, too, P. Boulanger when called into service again in 1826 could only vouch for ‘the Brazen Bust, Ruins of Babylon and several other dramatick pieces’ (Item 14). One also wonders why Ker never used her own name in any of the above claimed novels, especially in view of her sympathy-inducing situation and alleged aristocratic connections (a valuable point of comparison is provided by her namesake Anne Ker: see especially John Steele’s ‘Anne and John Ker: New Soundings’, Cardiff Corvey: Reading the Romantic Text 12 (Summer 2004). Online: Internet: <http://www.cf.ac.uk/encap/corvey/articles/cc12_n03.html>).

     A further insight has been gained through the discovery by Sharon Ragaz of two reports evidently concerning Ker in The Morning Chronicle. The first, in the issue for 17 October 1823, concerns a trial for petty theft, the accused being Louisa Bellenden Kerr [sic] and another woman. Kerr or Ker described herself as distantly related to the Duke of Roxburgh (whose family name was Ker) and allied to other important figures. Her father she identified as a friend of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and she made other claims about his status, saying he was librarian to the Royal College of Physicians. The court seemed to think there was enough evidence (or lack thereof) to consider these things unlikely and that she was a professional criminal. Although Kerr said that she had turned to other means of obtaining a livelihood because all attempts to support herself by honest means had failed, she appears to have made no mention to the court of being a dramatist or novelist; neither did she claim to have published any works. Kerr was remanded into custody pending a further court appearance and an investigation of her circumstances by the Mendicity Society.

     The Morning Chronicle of 22 October 1823 carries a further notice on Kerr’s second court appearance, at which an official from the Mendicity Society was in evidence. The official had viewed Kerr’s apparently squalid place of abode, where a number of letters were found. It was determined that Kerr carried on an expert trade in writing ‘begging letters’, a trade at which her mother was said to be even more expert. By claiming relationship to various people, she had received payments of small sums (£5 or so) from them. The newspaper notes that her case excited considerable interest because of her supposed aristocratic connections; however, the court determined that these had no basis in reality. Her claims about her father’s profession are also stated to have been investigated and found to be untrue. She is described as a ‘swindler’. Nevertheless, the grim circumstances of her living conditions were taken into account, and while the other woman was dismissed without further charge, Kerr was sent home to her parish (not identified) and urged to abandon the life she had adopted.

     Of course, there remains the possibility that Ker was being unfairly maligned: one of the RLF letters of 1824 (Item 10) refers to her as being ‘the victim of unjust and malicious accusations’. Moreover, even if direct authorship is highly unlikely, a valuable insight into the general atmosphere that helped create Manfroné might still be found in the theatrical world conveyed by these appeals, a world from which J. F. Hughes drew a number of his authors. On the fuller front, however, the case of Louisa Bellenden Ker probably takes us no further in identifying an actual novel-writing ‘Mary Anne Radcliffe’.

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