O’KEEFE, Adelaide. Isabelle de MONTOLIEU, translator. ~ Dudley et Claudy, ou l’Ile de Ténérife... avec figures. Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1824.
6 vols bound in 3, 8vo (170 × 95 mm), pp. [iv], iv, 328; [iv], 268, [iv], 250; [iv], 298; [iv], 206, [iv], 215, , complete with half-titles, plus 5 engraved frontispieces (not present in the last volume and perhaps not issued). Some spotting, a few marginal tears and flaws, not usually affecting text. Contemporary polished half calf, gilt spines with black morocco labels. Rubbed and slightly darkened, but a good set. Early private library stamps and inscriptions ‘Ex Libris de Gayrol’. A good set. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
First edition in French of O’Keefe’s Dudley (1819), an epistolary novel consisting of letters from Tenerife to London. Adelaide O’Keefe was born in Dublin, November 5, 1776, daughter of actor-turned-playwright John O’Keeffe. Having moved to London in the 1790s she published several works (poems and novels) mainly directed at a juvenile audience. Vol. 6 seems rare and was probably issued without a frontispiece.