The Nun of Arrouca, a Tale. John Lord Russell.

The Nun of Arrouca, a Tale

London: John Murray, 1822. First Edition of the short gothic novelette written by the future Prime Minister. Russell’s journal indicates that he spent a day in Arrouca during travels through Portugal, and he met “a very pretty nun, twenty-five years of age, but seemingly very ill. . . She had on a white veil well put on."

In Walpole’s biography of Russell, he notes that “the white veil lingered in Lord John [Russell’s] memory for ten years, founding a romance on the wearer’s pale face and dark eyes, wove out of these slender materials the slender tale ‘The Nun of Arrounca.’” Walpole, The Life of Lord John Russell, vol. 1, pg. 63-64.

However, “[v]ery shortly after publication [Russell] determinedly suppressed the book buying up every copy at whatsoever price and destroying it.” Summers, A Gothic Bibliography.

8vo. [4], [3]-87pp, [1]. Summers, pg. 446. Wolff 6000a. NCBEL III, 1138.
Very good in contemporary blue gilt leather, a.e.g., with some wear to corners and edges, and scuffing to rear board. Item #237

Price: $350.00