1995 "First Edition" stated on copyright page; Random House publishers, New York; hardbound in burgundy boards with copper foil author's signature on cover and copper foil lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
"I'd gladly sell my soul to Satan for a year of freedom," cries Rosamond Vivian to her callous grandfather. A brooding stranger seduces her from the remote island onto his yacht. Trapped in a web of intrigue, cruelty, and deceit, she flees to Italy, France, Germany, from Paris garret to mental asylum, from convent to chateau - stalked by obsessed Phillip Tempest.
Two years before Little Women, serialized in a magazine under the alias A.M. Barnard in 1866, this was buried among the author's papers over a century.