Auburn, NY: Alden, Beardsley & Co., 1854. First Edition. Octavo (18.5cm); dark green decorative cloth, stamped in blind and gilt; viii,10-354pp,frontispiece. Spine cocked, sunned; boards dampstained and rubbed, with small enclosed tear near upper front hinge; spine extremities chipped; leading corners frayed. Textblock warped and foxed throughout, especially preliminaries; binding shaken, with partially sprung signature (pp165-176); gift inscription on ffep (dated 1856). Just about Very Good.
Hugh De Normand adapted this Victorian melodrama from its original French, about a pair of young girls who get kidnapped and held for ransom by a band of Italian "Bohemians"—worry not, for our heroines soon convert the heathen brigands to good old Roman Catholicism before things really get interesting. A convoluted tale that stretches credulity to the limit, but no proper Gothic novel would do without some requisite suspension of disbelief.