London: Samuel Tinsley, 1876. Item #00297
An Independent Woman Against A Variety of Adversaries
ALLEN, Phoebe. Gilmory: A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Samuel Tinsley, 1876.
First edition of the author’s first novel.
Three octavo volumes (7 3/8 x 4 15/16 inches; 188 x 125 mm.). , 258; , 248; , 263, [1, printer’s imprint] pp. With the 16 pp. publisher’s catalogue, dated September, 1877, and the  pp. publisher’s advertisements, dated August 20th, 1877, at the end of Volume I. No half-titles called for. Decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces.
Original terra cotta pebble-grain cloth with covers decoratively stamped in blind and spines lettered in gilt. Original cream-colored endpapers. Minor rubbing to corners and spine extremities, small dark stain to spine of Volume I, a few additional light spots to covers, minor blistering to endpapers. Short tear to outer blank margin of P2 (pp. 211/212) in Volume I and to O7 and O8 (pp. 205/206) in Volume III, small piece torn from upper blank margin of R3 (pp. 245/256) in Volume III, due to poor opening, a few additional leaves poorly opened. Slight browning to first and last leaf in each volume, occasional light foxing. Small bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown of each volume: “G.A. Poynder, Second-Hand Bookshop, Next to General Post Office, Reading.” Previous owner’s ink signature (Arthur J. Nash) on front free endpaper of each volume. A very good copy of this very scarce book.
NUC locates only one copy (Illinois), OCLC locates only one copy (Cornell), and KVK locates three copies (British Library, Cambridge, and National Library of Scotland).
Set in the eighteenth-century, the heroine, Gilmory Anstruther, is an appealing independent woman, who stands her ground firmly against a variety of adversaries. Mystery surrounds her birth, but hints are dropped that her father is an aristocrat. Her romance with the local miller's son enrages her scheming grandfather, who produces his own suitor for her hand. This is no less than Bonnie Prince Charlie, whose campaign the old miser has secretly been funding in exchange for his granddaughter's royal marriage. The Young Pretender turns out, however, to be an impostor, a notorious highwayman who has cheated the old man out of his gold. Gilmory's father is revealed to be the Duke of Gilmory, and she and the miller's son are united after a dramatic deathbed scene in which her grandfather begs forgiveness.
Not in Sadleir or Wolff.