Hartford: S. Andrus and Son, 1850. Reprint. Octavo (19cm); dark brown cloth, fine rib grain, stamped in blind and gilt; viii, 10-260pp. Spine chipped at heel and crown; extremities rubbed, especially along lower corners; boards mildly scratched. Textblock foxed and dampstained throughout. Else a Very Good, sound copy.
English humorist Thomas Hood's Tylney Hall (1834) was his first and only novel. Originally published in three volumes, this primarily comic work marked quite a departure in format from the articles and poetry he usually wrote. Its plot concerns a young man named Walter (who is half-black, half-white) and his rivalry with his cousins, who accuse him of being a bastard. This is only the beginning of the imbroglio, and the pot only gets hotter when all three become involved with the same woman... This volume is a "Franklin Library Edition" from S. Andrus and Son, and contains four additional pages of publisher's advertisements.