New York; (1937): American Book Company. Octavo. Item #022464
From the library of Professor Ernest Bernbaum (February 12, 1879- March 8, 1958) with his name and dated 1937. Portrait frontispiece, li, 242pp., Edited, with introduction, chronology, and bibliography by Ernest Marchand. A scholarly work with the complete story of Ormond. Bernbaum was a Professor of English at Harvard, scholar and author. Inscribed by the author on the front free end paper. From the blurb "Professor Barret Wendell spoke of "the incredibly spotless Constantia Dudley, who, oddly enough, is said to have impressed Shelley as the most perfect creature of human imagination". The author characterizes Ormond as an old fashioned tale, presenting an ideal heroine of the Age of the Enlightenment, whose rays warmed not France, Britain, and Germany alone, but the young American republic as well. It is a tale of struggle against poverty and pestilence, the persecutions of grasping and unscrupulous men, and , most fearful of all, the devilish arts of the seducer. A very good copy bound in beige pictorial cloth pictorially stamped in blue, spine lettering and rules in blue, a small bit of foxing to spine, in pictorial dust jacket with a couple of very tiny edge tears and a little toning to spine. Very nice.