WILSON, HARRIETTE. 1786-1845. Memoirs of Harriette Wilson. London: J.J. Stockdale, 1825.

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WILSON, HARRIETTE. 1786-1845.
Memoirs of Harriette Wilson. London: J.J. Stockdale, 1825.

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WILSON, HARRIETTE. 1786-1845.
Memoirs of Harriette Wilson. London: J.J. Stockdale, 1825.
12 original parts in 10, and the separately issued booklet of 10 plates. 12mo (164 x 106 mm). Title pages and half-titles for vols 1 & 2 in part 6, 10 hand-colored engraved portrait plates after George Cruikshank in the separate booklet, Appendix recording the libel case between Robert Blore and Stockdale. Original buff wrappers printed in black, stitched. Outside wrappers unlettered on parts 2-4, all inside wrappers both front and back, with a printed warning against "Spurious Editions" excepting parts 1 & 5 verso back wrapper with an advert for Moore/Tailor, part 10/12 with cover title on inside of front wrapper. Custom chemise and cloth slipcase. A few leaves sprung in final part, generally fine and untrimmed.
Provenance: Albert M. Cohn (bookplate on inside of chemise and small armorial ticket at lower left of first page of each part); William Hartmann Woodin (bookplate to chemise); Robert and Donna Jackson (Book-label)
Exhibited: Grolier Club, 'Essential Parts,' 1996, p 31.

THE COURTESAN'S REVENGE. A FINE COPY OF THE VERY RARE PARTS ISSUE OF AN INFAMOUS TELL-ALL, THIS THE HARTMANN-COHN COPY. Harriette Wilson was at one point the lover of the Duke of Wellington, Beau Brummell, and four future Prime Ministers. Her memoirs were a sensation, and the work was quickly sold out, then pirated, reprinted, and the publisher Stockdale sued for libel. The libel case which comprises the Appendix is dated July, 1825 and colophons and wrappers cite April to June of 1825, the same year as first publication in book form. With the success of these memoirs, Wilson most certainly succeeded in her goal of providing for herself in her "old-age", since her former lovers had failed to fulfill their promises of annuities. The 10 plates comprise the suite of full-length portraits of those men. These are unsigned by Cruikshank, but the original copper-plates with his initials were seen by Cohn; "it is quite understandable that these initials did not appear upon the etchings in view of the character of the work, and for the same reason George in his later days denied the authorship." Cohn 853. See also Wilson, The Courtesan's Revenge: The Life of Harriette Wilson, 2004.
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WILSON, HARRIETTE. 1786-1845. Memoirs of Harriette Wilson. London: J.J. Stockdale, 1825.
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