ROSS, Mrs (’Mistress’). ~ Le Pour et le contre ou la vieille Fille et la femme mariée. Roman de Mistress Ross... traduit de l’anglais par M. Ch[arles] A. Def[auconnpret]. Paris: [Adrien Egron for] H. Nicolle, a la Libriaire-Stéréotype, 1818.
3 vols, 16mo (180 × 90 mm), pp. 247, ; 270; 263, , complete with half-titles. Contemporary red half morocco with the monogram ‘ML’ of Marie-Louise Empress of France. One joint cracked, but secure, spines bumped at head and foot. A handsome set.
First edition in French of Mrs Ross’s gothic Minerva Press novel, The Balance of Comfort; or the Old Maid and Married Woman (1817). At least 13 novels have been attributed to Ross, published between 1811 and 1825, mostly by the Minerva press. This set is bound in distinctive crimson bindings, with the crown and ‘ML’ monogram of Marie Louise, Empress of France, later Duchess of Parma, the second wife of Napoleon. Her library was sold in the 1930s. Rare: COPAC: no UK copies; Worldcat: no copy outside continental Europe. cf. Summers, Gothic Bibliography. pp. 164, 220.