The Confessional of the Black Penitents by Ann Radcliffe, Folio Society book, aka The Italian, hardback with slip cover
The Confessional of the Black Penitents, otherwise known as The Italian, is a dark Gothic historical novel first published in 1797 and written by the English Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe. Concerns social themes relating to the Holy Inquisition and the French Revolution, and features on a young couple trying to overcome class differences against the odds.
The book was published by The Folio Society of London in 1956, with a beautifully bound and tooled faux leather spine and red and black patterned hardback cover. The book is illustrated throughout with wood engravings by Philip Ross, and comprises 404 pages including the prints. It in protected by a strong black cardboard sleeve.
Condition is good to commensurate with previous use. Slight yellowing to the pages although no foxing or serious marks. A pencil mark, including the figure "15", to the front inside page. Some scuffing to the pattern on the outer cover of the book, and to the outer dust cover, which also has some small tears at the bottom edge.
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