1848 CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK - THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar - FIRST EDITION
THE SAINT'S TRAGEDY; or, The True Story of ELIZABETH OF HUNGARY, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar, by CHARLES KINGSLEY. Published by John W. Parker, London, 1848. FIRST EDITION. Small Format Hardcover Book, cloth covered boards, spine paper title label, 4.5x7". Pagination: , xxiii (i-xxiii), , 271 (pages numbered 28 to 271, consecutive numbering beginning with page "i"), , + 4 numbered pages of Publisher's ads. Preface by the Reverend F. D. Maurice and an Introduction by the Author. This is CHARLES KINGSLEY'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, a drama, written while he was Rector of Eversley. THE YEAST, Kingsley's first novel, was being published in installments in Fraser's Magazine at the same time, but it was controversial and the novel serialization was never finished - it was completed and first published in book form in 1850. Condition: The Original Covers are rubbed and shelf worn, there is a light cup ring on the rear cover, the spine covering is split at the rear fold, but holding well, the paper spine label is chipped and worn, affecting the label title text (part of the title, "KINGSLEY",
and the "5s." price are still clear). Internally, there is a previous owner's signature at the top of the front pastedown,
"St. John's Book Club" is written at the top of the front free-endpaper, there is some light corner creasing, overall the inner pages remain tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A complete, solid, nice 1848 First Edition copy, in original covers, of THE FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK by CHARLES KINGSLEY.