New York: G. W. Carleton, Publisher, 1869. First edition. 8vo, blind-stamped original green cloth, gilt lettering, 470, 8 pages. A little bumped and rubbed, with some fraying at the head and the foot of the spine; a very good copy. Item #19660
A characteristic pot-boiler from the novelist whose infamy as an abusive husband was secured after he was shot and killed by his teenage son Frank Walworth in 1873. (Mansfield had beaten his wife often and bitten her badly at least once; such excerpts of letters to her threatening murder and suicide that this cataloger has seen have a morbid and sensationalist cast consonant with the tone of this novel; the son’s release and pardon on grounds of insanity seems also suitably Gothic, in keeping with Mansfield Walworth’s own fictions.).