PEN TAMAR; or, the history of an old maid
London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1831. "Second Edition". Octavo, pp [2, blank], (x), 244 + frontispiece and three other sepia plates. Original brown boards, paper spine label. Book a little leaned; spine label yellowed, rubbed spot, title and most of "Second Edition" still legible; lacking the bottom three inches of the backstrip, which has been replaced by matching paper; neat repairs to joints with matching rice paper; lacking the front free endpaper; light scattered foxing; VG otherwise, now tight in the binding, internally clean and unworn and now presentable externally. AMICUS locates several copies of the 1830 first printing, but only two of this second printing. Chapters XI and XII (pp 101-24) are set in Canada (New France, 17th century). Plate "View of Canada" is at p. 101. Bowdler, who never visited Canada, acknowledges Frances Brooke for material. See Carole Gerson, CANADIAN WOMEN IN PRINT 1750-1918 (2010) p. 30. "Harriet Bowdler is also thought to have done most of the editing of the first expurgated edition of Shakespeare's works, The Family Shakspeare (1807). She removed anything which seemed irreverent or immoral, deleting about 10 per cent of the original text. The work was published under the name of her brother, Thomas Bowdler, after whom this type of treatment came to be known as bowdlerisation.." - Wikipedia. This was her only novel, published shortly after her death.